All three major indices are trading down today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 6 points (0.0%) at 16,147 as of Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,481 issues advancing vs. 1,444 declining with 153 unchanged.

The Chemicals industry currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include

E I du Pont de Nemours

(

DD

), up 3.4%,

Dow Chemical

(

DOW

), up 2.9% and

Praxair

(

PX

), up 2.5%.

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

3.

Potash Corp of Saskatchewan

(

POT

) is one of the companies pushing the Chemicals industry higher today. As of noon trading, Potash Corp of Saskatchewan is up $0.57 (3.8%) to $15.67 on average volume. Thus far, 3.4 million shares of Potash Corp of Saskatchewan exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $15.09-$15.68 after having opened the day at $15.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.10.

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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 $13.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 11.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Potash Corp of Saskatchewan a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 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 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, deteriorating net income and weak operating cash flow. Get the full

Potash Corp of Saskatchewan Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

Air Products & Chemicals

(

APD

) is up $2.19 (1.7%) to $133.00 on average volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Air Products & Chemicals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $130.83-$133.89 after having opened the day at $133.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $130.81.

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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 $28.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 0.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Air Products & Chemicals a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 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 growth in earnings per share, increase 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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1. As of noon trading,

Monsanto

(

MON

) is up $1.58 (1.8%) to $88.94 on average volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Monsanto exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $87.18-$89.36 after having opened the day at $88.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $87.36.

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Monsanto Company, together with its subsidiaries, provides agricultural products for farmers worldwide. It operates in two segments, Seeds and Genomics, and Agricultural Productivity. Monsanto has a market cap of $39.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 11.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Monsanto a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Monsanto

as a

hold

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

Monsanto 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 chemicals industry could consider

Materials Select Sector SPDR

(

XLB

) while those bearish on the chemicals industry could consider

ProShares Short Basic Materials Fd

(

SBM

).