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

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 217 points (1.3%) at 16,418 as of Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,782 issues advancing vs. 1,190 declining with 158 unchanged.

The Basic Materials sector currently sits down 1.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. Top gainers within the sector include

Sherwin-Williams

(

SHW

), up 1.5%,

TransCanada

(

TRP

), up 1.3%,

Suncor Energy

(

SU

), up 1.2%,

Enbridge

(

ENB

), up 1.2% and

Valero Energy

(

VLO

), up 1.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include

Chesapeake Energy

(

CHK

), down 5.5%,

ArcelorMittal

(

MT

), down 4.7%,

Vale

(

VALE

), down 3.3%,

Western Gas Equity Partners

(

WGP

), down 2.9% and

Energy Transfer Equity

(

ETE

), down 1.4%.

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

3.

HollyFrontier

(

HFC

) is one of the companies pushing the Basic Materials sector higher today. As of noon trading, HollyFrontier is up $2.03 (4.2%) to $50.33 on heavy volume. Thus far, 3.1 million shares of HollyFrontier exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $47.87-$51.20 after having opened the day at $48.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.30.

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HollyFrontier Corporation operates as an independent petroleum refiner in the United States. The company operates in two segments, Refining and HEP. HollyFrontier has a market cap of $8.9 billion and is part of the energy industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 24.3. Shares are up 28.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate HollyFrontier a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

HollyFrontier

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full

HollyFrontier Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

Marathon Petroleum

(

MPC

) is up $0.41 (0.9%) to $47.08 on light volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Marathon Petroleum exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.60-$47.47 after having opened the day at $46.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.67.

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Marathon Petroleum Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in refining, marketing, retailing, and transporting petroleum products primarily in the United States. It operates through three segments: Refining & Marketing, Speedway, and Pipeline Transportation. Marathon Petroleum has a market cap of $24.8 billion and is part of the energy industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 24.3. Shares are up 3.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Marathon Petroleum a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Marathon Petroleum

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full

Marathon Petroleum Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

E I du Pont de Nemours & Company

(

DD

) is up $0.56 (1.2%) to $48.59 on average volume. Thus far, 2.5 million shares of E I du Pont de Nemours & Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.14-$48.59 after having opened the day at $48.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.03.

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E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company operates as a science and technology based company worldwide. The company's Agriculture segment offers corn hybrid, soybean, canola, sunflower, sorghum, inoculants, seed products, wheat, rice, herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides. E I du Pont de Nemours & Company has a market cap of $43.4 billion and is part of the chemicals industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 24.3. Shares are down 35.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate E I du Pont de Nemours & Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

E I du Pont de Nemours & Company

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full

E I du Pont de Nemours & Company 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

).