All three major indices are trading down today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 76 points (-0.4%) at 17,528 as of Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,149 issues advancing vs. 1,775 declining with 160 unchanged.

The Basic Materials sector currently sits up 1.5% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include

ArcelorMittal

(

MT

), down 1.7%,

Marathon Petroleum

(

MPC

), down 1.5%,

Valero Energy

(

VLO

), down 1.4%,

Total

(

TOT

), down 0.8% and

Phillips 66

(

PSX

), down 0.7%. Top gainers within the sector include

Southwestern Energy

(

SWN

), up 6.5%,

Whiting Petroleum

(

WLL

), up 6.5%,

Encana

(

ECA

), up 3.1%,

Continental Resources

(

CLR

), up 3.0% and

ONEOK Partners

(

OKS

), up 2.7%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the sector lower today:

3.

Potash Corp of Saskatchewan

(

POT

) is one of the companies pushing the Basic Materials sector lower today. As of noon trading, Potash Corp of Saskatchewan is down $0.28 (-1.6%) to $17.16 on light volume. Thus far, 2.6 million shares of Potash Corp of Saskatchewan exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $17.03-$17.54 after having opened the day at $17.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.44.

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Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc., together with its subsidiaries, produces and sells fertilizers and related industrial and feed products worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Potash, Nitrogen, and Phosphate. Potash Corp of Saskatchewan has a market cap of $14.8 billion and is part of the chemicals industry. Shares are down 50.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Potash Corp of Saskatchewan a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Potash Corp of Saskatchewan

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full

Potash Corp of Saskatchewan Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

Mosaic

(

MOS

) is down $0.46 (-1.6%) to $27.89 on light volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Mosaic exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $27.53-$28.30 after having opened the day at $28.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.35.

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The Mosaic Company produces and markets concentrated phosphate and potash crop nutrients for the agricultural industry worldwide. It operates through two segments, Phosphates and Potash. The Phosphates segment owns and operates mines in Florida. Mosaic has a market cap of $9.7 billion and is part of the chemicals industry. Shares are down 37.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Mosaic a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Mosaic

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Get the full

Mosaic Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Air Products & Chemicals

(

APD

) is down $0.95 (-0.7%) to $131.31 on light volume. Thus far, 299,636 shares of Air Products & Chemicals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $129.97-$131.56 after having opened the day at $131.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $132.26.

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Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. provides atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, electronics and performance materials, equipment, and services worldwide. Air Products & Chemicals has a market cap of $28.7 billion and is part of the chemicals industry. Shares are down 8.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Air Products & Chemicals a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Air Products & Chemicals

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, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full

Air Products & Chemicals Ratings Report

now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 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

).