All three major indices are trading down today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 84 points (-0.5%) at 16,349 as of Monday, Sept. 14, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,029 issues advancing vs. 1,908 declining with 178 unchanged.

The Basic Materials sector currently sits down 1.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.5%. Top gainers within the sector include

TC Pipelines

(

TCP

), up 5.6%,

Chesapeake Energy

(

CHK

), up 4.4%,

Marathon Oil

(

MRO

), up 2.0%,

Goldcorp

(

GG

), up 1.6% and

Cheniere Energy

(

LNG

), up 1.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include

ArcelorMittal

(

MT

), down 4.0%,

Nucor

(

NUE

), down 3.2%,

Cabot Oil & Gas

(

COG

), down 3.1%,

PPG Industries

(

PPG

), down 2.7% and

HollyFrontier

(

HFC

), down 2.5%.

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

3.

NGL Energy Partners

(

NGL

) is one of the companies pushing the Basic Materials sector higher today. As of noon trading, NGL Energy Partners is up $1.19 (5.5%) to $23.00 on average volume. Thus far, 258,815 shares of NGL Energy Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 364,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $21.56-$23.18 after having opened the day at $21.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.81.

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NGL Energy Partners LP, through its subsidiaries, engages in the crude oil logistics, water solutions, liquids, retail propane, and refined products and renewables businesses in the United States. NGL Energy Partners has a market cap of $2.4 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 22.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate NGL Energy Partners a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

NGL Energy Partners

as a

hold

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

NGL Energy Partners Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

FMC Technologies

(

FTI

) is up $0.53 (1.6%) to $33.07 on light volume. Thus far, 848,569 shares of FMC Technologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.27-$33.15 after having opened the day at $32.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.54.

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FMC Technologies, Inc. provides technology solutions for the energy industry worldwide. The company operates through Subsea Technologies, Surface Technologies, and Energy Infrastructure segments. FMC Technologies has a market cap of $7.6 billion and is part of the energy industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 24.6. Shares are down 30.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 13 analysts who rate FMC Technologies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

FMC Technologies

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 reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow. Get the full

FMC Technologies Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Transocean

(

RIG

) is up $0.37 (2.6%) to $14.61 on light volume. Thus far, 5.0 million shares of Transocean exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $14.15-$14.64 after having opened the day at $14.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.24.

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Transocean Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, provides offshore contract drilling services for oil and gas wells worldwide. The company primarily offers deepwater and harsh environment drilling services. Transocean has a market cap of $5.4 billion and is part of the energy industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 24.6. Shares are down 22.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Transocean a buy, 10 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Transocean

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share. Get the full

Transocean 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

).