One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 49 points (0.3%) at 16,534 as of Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,585 issues advancing vs. 1,317 declining with 152 unchanged.

The Basic Materials sector currently sits down 1.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include

Energy Transfer Equity

(

ETE

), down 11.0%,

Williams Partners

(

WPZ

), down 7.3%,

Vale

(

VALE

), down 6.1%,

Williams Companies

(

WMB

), down 4.4% and

TransCanada

(

TRP

), down 4.3%. Top gainers within the sector include

Western Gas Partners

(

WES

), up 11.5%,

Western Gas Equity Partners

(

WGP

), up 11.3%,

Continental Resources

(

CLR

), up 8.5%,

Anadarko Petroleum

(

APC

), up 4.1% and

Baker Hughes

(

BHI

), up 1.9%.

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

3.

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 $0.42 (-1.8%) to $22.76 on light volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Enterprise Products Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $22.64-$23.12 after having opened the day at $22.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.18.

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Enterprise Products Partners L.P. provides midstream energy services to producers and consumers of natural gas, natural gas liquids (NGLs), crude oil, petrochemicals, and refined products in the United States and internationally. Enterprise Products Partners has a market cap of $45.3 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 9.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 19 analysts that rate Enterprise Products Partners a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Enterprise Products Partners

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full

Enterprise Products Partners Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

Apache Corporation

(

APA

) is down $1.15 (-3.0%) to $37.45 on average volume. Thus far, 3.6 million shares of Apache Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $36.09-$38.06 after having opened the day at $37.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.60.

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Apache Corporation, an independent energy company, explores, develops, and produces natural gas, crude oil, and natural gas liquids. Apache Corporation has a market cap of $14.3 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 13.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Apache Corporation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Apache Corporation

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share. Get the full

Apache Corporation Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Hess

(

HES

) is down $1.46 (-3.5%) to $40.24 on light volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of Hess exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $40.11-$42.37 after having opened the day at $41.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.70.

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Hess Corporation, an exploration and production company, develops, produces, purchases, transports, and sells crude oil, natural gas liquids, and natural gas. Hess has a market cap of $12.0 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 14.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Hess a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Hess

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share. Get the full

Hess 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

).