Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 13 points (0.1%) at 17,825 as of Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,660 issues advancing vs. 1,252 declining with 187 unchanged.

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

Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras

(

PBR.A

), down 6.0%,

Ultrapar Participacoes

(

UGP

), down 4.2%,

ArcelorMittal

(

MT

), down 3.9%,

Vale

(

VALE

), down 1.7% and

Statoil ASA

(

STO

), down 1.4%.

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

3.

Williams Companies

(

WMB

) is one of the companies pushing the Basic Materials sector lower today. As of noon trading, Williams Companies is down $0.71 (-1.9%) to $36.43 on light volume. Thus far, 2.1 million shares of Williams Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $36.43-$37.18 after having opened the day at $36.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.14.

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The Williams Companies, Inc. operates as an energy infrastructure company primarily in the United States. The company operates in three segments: Williams Partners, Access Midstream, and Williams NGL & Petchem Services. Williams Companies has a market cap of $27.5 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 17.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Williams Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Williams Companies

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full

Williams Companies Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

Kinder Morgan

(

KMI

) is down $0.26 (-1.1%) to $24.15 on light volume. Thus far, 5.7 million shares of Kinder Morgan exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 18.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $24.00-$24.62 after having opened the day at $24.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.41.

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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 $52.8 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 42.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Kinder Morgan a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Kinder Morgan

as a

hold

. Among the primary strengths of the company is its expanding profit margins over time. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and generally higher debt management risk. Get the full

Kinder Morgan Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

ConocoPhillips

(

COP

) is down $0.49 (-0.9%) to $54.83 on light volume. Thus far, 2.2 million shares of ConocoPhillips exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $54.35-$55.08 after having opened the day at $54.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.32.

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ConocoPhillips explores for, produces, transports, and markets crude oil, bitumen, natural gas, liquefied natural gas, and natural gas liquids worldwide. ConocoPhillips has a market cap of $65.8 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 19.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate ConocoPhillips a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

ConocoPhillips

as a

hold

. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid financial position based on a variety of debt and liquidity measures that we have evaluated. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. Get the full

ConocoPhillips 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

).