Two out of the three major indices are trading up 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%. Top gainers within the sector include

Western Gas Partners

(

WES

), up 11.3%,

Western Gas Equity Partners

(

WGP

), up 11.9%,

Continental Resources

(

CLR

), up 8.8%,

Anadarko Petroleum

(

APC

), up 4.0% and

Baker Hughes

(

BHI

), up 2.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include

Energy Transfer Equity

(

ETE

), down 10.9%,

Williams Partners

(

WPZ

), down 6.9%,

Vale

(

VALE

), down 6.5%,

Williams Companies

(

WMB

), down 4.2% and

TransCanada

(

TRP

), down 4.2%.

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

3.

Anglogold Ashanti

(

AU

) is one of the companies pushing the Basic Materials sector higher today. As of noon trading, Anglogold Ashanti is up $0.77 (6.4%) to $12.82 on average volume. Thus far, 2.4 million shares of Anglogold Ashanti exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $12.10-$12.87 after having opened the day at $12.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.05.

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AngloGold Ashanti Limited operates as a gold mining and exploration company. It also produces silver, uranium oxide, copper, molybdenum, and sulphur. The company has 20 operations and exploration projects in South Africa, Continental Africa, Australasia, and the Americas. Anglogold Ashanti has a market cap of $4.9 billion and is part of the metals & mining industry. Shares are up 69.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Anglogold Ashanti a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Anglogold Ashanti

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, generally high debt management risk, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and decline in the stock price during the past year. Get the full

Anglogold Ashanti Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

Enbridge

(

ENB

) is up $0.36 (1.1%) to $31.86 on heavy volume. Thus far, 5.5 million shares of Enbridge exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $29.89-$32.09 after having opened the day at $30.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.50.

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Enbridge Inc. operates as an energy transportation and distribution company in the United States and Canada. Its Liquids Pipelines segment operates common carrier and contract crude oil, natural gas liquids (NGL), and refined products pipelines and terminals. Enbridge has a market cap of $26.9 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 5.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Enbridge a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Enbridge

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, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins. Get the full

Enbridge Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Dow Chemical

(

DOW

) is up $0.36 (0.8%) to $47.55 on light volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Dow Chemical exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.96-$47.55 after having opened the day at $47.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.19.

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The Dow Chemical Company manufactures and supplies products that are used primarily as raw materials in the manufacture of customer products and services worldwide. Dow Chemical has a market cap of $52.5 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 8 analysts who rate Dow Chemical a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Dow Chemical

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels, notable return on equity 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

Dow Chemical 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

).