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

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 67 points (0.4%) at 17,259 as of Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, 12:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,331 issues advancing vs. 1,643 declining with 169 unchanged.

The Basic Materials sector currently sits down 1.7% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include

Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras

(

PBR

), down 5.1%,

Freeport-McMoRan

(

FCX

), down 3.4%,

Suncor Energy

(

SU

), down 1.4%,

ConocoPhillips

(

COP

), down 0.9% and

BP

(

BP

), down 0.9%.

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

3.

Royal Dutch Shell

(

RDS.B

) is one of the companies pushing the Basic Materials sector lower today. As of noon trading, Royal Dutch Shell is down $2.59 (-3.9%) to $64.53 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Royal Dutch Shell exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $64.40-$65.73 after having opened the day at $65.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $67.12.

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Royal Dutch Shell plc operates as an independent oil and gas company worldwide. The company explores for and extracts crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids. Royal Dutch Shell has a market cap of $222.3 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 3.5% 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, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full

Royal Dutch Shell Ratings Report

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now.

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2. As of noon trading,

Canadian Natural Resources

(

CNQ

) is down $0.69 (-2.5%) to $27.53 on light volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Canadian Natural Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $27.08-$28.50 after having opened the day at $28.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.22.

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Canadian Natural Resources Limited explores for, develops, produces, markets, and sells crude oil, natural gas liquids (NGLs), and natural gas in North America. Canadian Natural Resources has a market cap of $32.2 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 8.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Canadian Natural Resources a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate 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 revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full

Canadian Natural Resources Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Exxon Mobil Corporation

(

XOM

) is down $1.27 (-1.4%) to $86.68 on average volume. Thus far, 10.9 million shares of Exxon Mobil Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 15.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $86.03-$88.26 after having opened the day at $88.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $87.95.

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Exxon Mobil Corporation explores and produces for crude oil and natural gas. As of December 31, 2013, the company had approximately 37,661 gross and 31,823 net operated wells. Exxon Mobil Corporation has a market cap of $385.1 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 4.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Exxon Mobil Corporation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Exxon Mobil Corporation

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full

Exxon Mobil Corporation 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

).

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