All three major indices are trading down today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 140 points (-0.9%) at 16,292 as of Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 781 issues advancing vs. 2,154 declining with 147 unchanged.

The Chemicals industry currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 1.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include

CF Industries Holdings

(

CF

), down 3.7%,

Albemarle

(

ALB

), down 2.6%,

Israel Chemicals

(

ICL

), down 2.6% and

Praxair

(

PX

), down 0.8%.

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

3.

LyondellBasell Industries

(

LYB

) is one of the companies pushing the Chemicals industry lower today. As of noon trading, LyondellBasell Industries is down $0.51 (-0.7%) to $76.49 on light volume. Thus far, 1.0 million shares of LyondellBasell Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $75.04-$76.57 after having opened the day at $76.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.00.

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LyondellBasell Industries N.V. operates as a manufacturer of chemicals and polymers, refiner of crude oil, producer of gasoline blending components, and developer and licensor of technologies for production of polymers. LyondellBasell Industries has a market cap of $34.8 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 11.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate LyondellBasell Industries a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

LyondellBasell Industries

as a

buy

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

LyondellBasell Industries Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

Monsanto

(

MON

) is down $0.97 (-1.1%) to $86.99 on light volume. Thus far, 518,836 shares of Monsanto exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $86.53-$87.41 after having opened the day at $87.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $87.96.

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Monsanto Company, together with its subsidiaries, provides agricultural products for farmers worldwide. It operates in two segments, Seeds and Genomics, and Agricultural Productivity. Monsanto has a market cap of $39.4 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 10.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Monsanto a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Monsanto

as a

hold

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

Monsanto Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

E.I. du Pont de Nemours

(

DD

) is down $0.37 (-0.6%) to $58.46 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of E.I. du Pont de Nemours exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $57.76-$58.51 after having opened the day at $58.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.83.

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E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company operates as a science and technology based company. E.I. du Pont de Nemours has a market cap of $52.5 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 11.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate E.I. du Pont de Nemours a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

E.I. du Pont de Nemours

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 expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and weak operating cash flow. Get the full

E.I. du Pont de Nemours 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 chemicals industry could consider

Materials Select Sector SPDR

(

XLB

) while those bearish on the chemicals industry could consider

ProShares Short Basic Materials Fd

(

SBM

).