Editors' Pick: Originally Published Friday, Dec. 18.

Does your portfolio need to be pared down before 2016? In that case, you might want to look to your energy sector plays. 

On a list of large-cap stocks in the S&P 500 rated "sell" by TheStreet Ratings, TheStreet's proprietary ratings tool, six of the nine stocks are oil production companies. Not a great place to be investing right now, considering crude oil closed at its lowest level since 2009 on Thursday and is pressuring the energy sector (even though it's good for gas prices).

Metals and mining company Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) - Get Report also made the list as miners follow the energy patch down. Freeport-McMoRan recently suspended its dividend, among other capital conserving measures taken. Slower global economic growth is hurting commodities. Gold futures settled at their lowest level since 2009 on Thursday.

Two chemicals companies -- FMC Corp. (FMC) - Get Report and Mosaic (MOS) - Get Report -- made the list due to slower global growth.

That said, the recent Dow Chemical -- DuPont deal could mean further consolidation in the chemicals space. FMC could be a takeout target, according to Michael Sison, an analyst with Key Capital Markets, a division of KeyCorp.

TheStreet Ratings uses a quantitative approach to rating over 4,300 stocks to predict return potential for the next year. The model is both objective, using elements such as volatility of past operating revenues, financial strength, and company cash flows, and subjective, including expected equity market returns, future interest rates, implied industry outlook and forecasted company earnings.

Buying an S&P 500 stock that TheStreet Ratings rated a buy yielded a 16.56% return in 2014, beating the S&P 500 Total Return Index by 304 basis points. Buying a Russell 2000 stock that TheStreet Ratings rated a buy yielded a 9.5% return in 2014, beating the Russell 2000 index, including dividends reinvested, by 460 basis points last year.

Here's the list and when you're done check out the A-rated stocks with high total returns to buy for 2016.