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YPF, RIG, POT And MON, 4 Basic Materials Stocks Pushing The Sector Lower

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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI) trading up 3 points (0.0%) at 15,545 as of Thursday, July 25, 2013, 12:49 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,346 issues advancing vs. 1,602 declining with 83 unchanged.

The Basic Materials sector currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include PetroLogistics (PDH), down 8.4%, Cameron International Corporation (CAM), down 6.2%, Newfield Exploration Company (NFX), down 5.1%, Diamond Offshore Drilling (DO), down 4.2% and Seadrill (SDRL), down 1.8%. Top gainers within the sector include Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation (COG), up 7.2%, Range Resources Corporation (RRC), up 5.7%, Consol Energy (CNX), up 5.7%, Air Products & Chemicals (APD), up 5.2% and Southwestern Energy Company (SWN), up 4.5%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the sector lower today:

4. YPF Sociedad Anonima (YPF) is one of the companies pushing the Basic Materials sector lower today. As of noon trading, YPF Sociedad Anonima is down $0.56 (-3.3%) to $16.19 on average volume. Thus far, 304,208 shares of YPF Sociedad Anonima exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 688,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.05-$16.80 after having opened the day at $16.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.75.

YPF SOCIEDAD ANONIMA, an energy company, engages in the exploration, development, and production of crude oil, natural gas, and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in Argentina. YPF Sociedad Anonima has a market cap of $6.7 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 16.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts that rate YPF Sociedad Anonima a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates YPF Sociedad Anonima as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full YPF Sociedad Anonima Ratings Report now.

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