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5 Stocks Pushing The Basic Materials Sector Lower

Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model

The  Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) steady at 13,953 as of Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, 11:50 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,129 issues advancing vs. 1,699 declining with 163 unchanged.

The Basic Materials sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Halliburton Company ( HAL), down 1.5%, and PetroChina ( PTR), down 1.0%. A company within the sector that increased today was Total ( TOT), up 1.1%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the sector lower today:

5. Enterprise Products Partners ( EPD) is one of the companies pushing the Basic Materials sector lower today. As of noon trading, Enterprise Products Partners is down $0.62 (-1.1%) to $55.73 on light volume Thus far, 554,896 shares of Enterprise Products Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $55.65-$56.63 after having opened the day at $56.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.35.

Enterprise Products Partners L.P. provides midstream energy services to producers and consumers of natural gas, natural gas liquids (NGLs), crude oil, refined products, and petrochemicals in the United States and internationally. Enterprise Products Partners has a market cap of $50.6 billion and is part of the energy industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate Enterprise Products Partners a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Enterprise Products Partners as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity, increase in stock price during the past year and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Enterprise Products Partners Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Kinder Morgan Energy Partners ( KMP) is down $1.90 (-2.1%) to $87.76 on heavy volume Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 999,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $87.05-$89.89 after having opened the day at $89.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $89.66.

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. operates as a pipeline transportation and energy storage company in North America. Kinder Morgan Energy Partners has a market cap of $22.1 billion and is part of the energy industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 39.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Kinder Morgan Energy Partners a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kinder Morgan Energy Partners as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Kinder Morgan Energy Partners Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR.A) is down $0.80 (-4.2%) to $18.42 on heavy volume Thus far, 7.2 million shares of Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $18.16-$18.53 after having opened the day at $18.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.22.

Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. operates as an integrated oil and gas company in Brazil and internationally. Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras has a market cap of $126.0 billion and is part of the energy industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 0.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, ConocoPhillips ( COP) is down $0.52 (-0.8%) to $61.14 on light volume Thus far, 2.0 million shares of ConocoPhillips exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $61.08-$62.05 after having opened the day at $61.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.66.

ConocoPhillips explores for, produces, transports, and markets crude oil, natural gas, natural gas liquids, liquefied natural gas and bitumen on a worldwide basis. ConocoPhillips has a market cap of $73.7 billion and is part of the energy industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate ConocoPhillips a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates ConocoPhillips as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins, growth in earnings per share, notable return on equity and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full ConocoPhillips Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Exxon Mobil Corporation ( XOM) is down $0.56 (-0.6%) to $91.20 on light volume Thus far, 4.4 million shares of Exxon Mobil Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $90.91-$91.72 after having opened the day at $91.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $91.76.

Exxon Mobil Corporation engages in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas, and manufacture of petroleum products, as well as transportation and sale of crude oil, natural gas, and petroleum products. Exxon Mobil Corporation has a market cap of $415.4 billion and is part of the energy industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Exxon Mobil Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Exxon Mobil Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Exxon Mobil Corporation Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 4 stocks, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the basic materials sector could consider Materials Select Sector SPDR ( XLB) while those bearish on the basic materials sector could consider ProShares Short Basic Materials Fd ( SBM).

A reminder about TheStreet Ratings group: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

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