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

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 2 points (0.0%) at 17,750 as of Thursday, July 30, 2015, 1:05 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,461 issues advancing vs. 1,490 declining with 187 unchanged.

The Basic Materials sector currently sits down 1.0% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the sector include

Suncor Energy

(

SU

), up 5.6%,

Imperial Oil

(

IMO

), up 2.8% and

BP

(

BP

), up 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include

Vale

(

VALE

), down 5.2%,

Marathon Petroleum

(

MPC

), down 4.2%,

Valero Energy

(

VLO

), down 3.2%,

Enterprise Products Partners

(

EPD

), down 2.8% and

PetroChina

(

PTR

), down 2.5%.

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

3.

Canadian Natural Resources

(

CNQ

) is one of the companies pushing the Basic Materials sector higher today. As of noon trading, Canadian Natural Resources is up $0.55 (2.3%) to $24.27 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.1 million shares of Canadian Natural Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $23.50-$24.33 after having opened the day at $23.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.72.

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Canadian Natural Resources Limited acquires, explores for, develops, produces, markets, and sells crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids (NGLs). The company offers light and medium crude oil, primary heavy crude oil, Pelican Lake heavy crude oil, bitumen, and synthetic crude oil (SCO). Canadian Natural Resources has a market cap of $25.7 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 23.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Canadian Natural Resources a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Canadian Natural Resources

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, 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 unimpressive growth in net income, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full

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2. As of noon trading,

Air Products & Chemicals

(

APD

) is up $6.50 (4.8%) to $140.64 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.1 million shares of Air Products & Chemicals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $140.57-$144.00 after having opened the day at $142.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $134.14.

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Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. provides atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance materials, equipment, and services worldwide. The company operates in Merchant Gases, Tonnage Gases, Electronics and Performance Materials, and Equipment and Energy segments. Air Products & Chemicals has a market cap of $28.5 billion and is part of the chemicals industry. Shares are down 7.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Air Products & Chemicals a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 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 increase in net income, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full

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now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Royal Dutch Shell

(

RDS.A

) is up $1.85 (3.3%) to $57.25 on heavy volume. Thus far, 4.4 million shares of Royal Dutch Shell exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $57.23-$57.98 after having opened the day at $57.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.40.

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Royal Dutch Shell plc operates as an independent oil and gas company worldwide. It operates through Upstream and Downstream segments. The company explores for and extracts crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids. Royal Dutch Shell has a market cap of $173.7 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 17.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Royal Dutch Shell

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full

Royal Dutch Shell 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

).