All three major indices are trading down today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 78 points (-0.5%) at 16,015 as of Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 648 issues advancing vs. 2,316 declining with 132 unchanged.

The Basic Materials sector currently sits down 2.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include

Potash Corp of Saskatchewan

(

POT

), down 8.3%,

Ecopetrol

(

EC

), down 7.1%,

Hess

(

HES

), down 7.0%,

Devon Energy

(

DVN

), down 6.8% and

ConocoPhillips

(

COP

), down 6.1%.

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

3.

Kinder Morgan

(

KMI

) is one of the companies pushing the Basic Materials sector lower today. As of noon trading, Kinder Morgan is down $0.71 (-4.6%) to $14.63 on light volume. Thus far, 15.7 million shares of Kinder Morgan exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 42.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $14.60-$15.74 after having opened the day at $15.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.34.

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Kinder Morgan, Inc. operates as an energy infrastructure and energy company in North America. The company operates through Natural Gas Pipelines, CO2, Terminals, Products Pipelines, Kinder Morgan Canada, and Other segments. Kinder Morgan has a market cap of $31.0 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 2.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Kinder Morgan a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Kinder Morgan

as a

sell

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

Kinder Morgan Ratings Report

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2. As of noon trading,

Chevron

(

CVX

) is down $0.93 (-1.1%) to $82.61 on average volume. Thus far, 4.2 million shares of Chevron exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $81.83-$84.29 after having opened the day at $82.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $83.54.

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Chevron Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in the petroleum, chemicals, and power and energy operations worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Upstream and Downstream. Chevron has a market cap of $152.5 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 7.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Chevron a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Chevron

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full

Chevron Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Exxon Mobil Corporation

(

XOM

) is down $1.12 (-1.5%) to $75.45 on light volume. Thus far, 4.9 million shares of Exxon Mobil Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 16.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $75.19-$76.34 after having opened the day at $75.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $76.57.

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Exxon Mobil Corporation engages in refining and marketing crude oil and natural gas in the United States, Canada/South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia/Oceania. Exxon Mobil Corporation has a market cap of $308.5 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 1.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 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

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, disappointing return on equity and 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

).