All three major indices are trading down today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 78 points (-0.5%) at 16,015 as of Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 648 issues advancing vs. 2,316 declining with 132 unchanged.

The Basic Materials sector currently sits down 2.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include

Potash Corp of Saskatchewan

(

POT

), down 8.3%,

Ecopetrol

(

EC

), down 7.1%,

Hess

(

HES

), down 7.0%,

Devon Energy

(

DVN

), down 6.8% and

ConocoPhillips

(

COP

), down 6.1%.

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

3.

Newmont Mining

(

NEM

) is one of the companies pushing the Basic Materials sector higher today. As of noon trading, Newmont Mining is up $0.58 (3.5%) to $17.26 on average volume. Thus far, 3.3 million shares of Newmont Mining exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.87-$17.45 after having opened the day at $16.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.68.

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Newmont Mining Corporation operates in the mining industry. It primarily acquires, develops, explores for, and produces gold, copper, and silver deposits. The company's operations and/or assets are located in the United States, Australia, Peru, Indonesia, Ghana, and New Zealand. Newmont Mining has a market cap of $8.8 billion and is part of the metals & mining industry. Shares are down 7.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Newmont Mining a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Newmont Mining

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year. Get the full

Newmont Mining Ratings Report

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2. As of noon trading,

Barrick Gold

(

ABX

) is up $0.62 (7.2%) to $9.20 on heavy volume. Thus far, 20.8 million shares of Barrick Gold exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 17.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $8.69-$9.30 after having opened the day at $8.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $8.58.

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Barrick Gold Corporation produces and sells gold and copper. The company is also involved in exploration and mine development activities. Barrick Gold has a market cap of $9.7 billion and is part of the metals & mining industry. Shares are up 16.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Barrick Gold a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Barrick Gold

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Get the full

Barrick Gold Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Energy Transfer Partners

(

ETP

) is up $1.13 (4.3%) to $27.47 on average volume. Thus far, 4.6 million shares of Energy Transfer Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $24.86-$29.15 after having opened the day at $25.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.34.

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Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. engages in the natural gas midstream, and intrastate transportation and storage businesses in the United States. Energy Transfer Partners has a market cap of $11.5 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 21.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 12 analysts who rate Energy Transfer Partners a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Energy Transfer Partners

as a

hold

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

Energy Transfer Partners 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

).