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

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 36 points (-0.2%) at 15,908 as of Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,930 issues advancing vs. 1,011 declining with 153 unchanged.

The Chemicals industry currently sits up 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. A company within the industry that increased today was

Williams Partners

(

WPZ

), up 4.5%.

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

3.

Ashland

(

ASH

) is one of the companies pushing the Chemicals industry lower today. As of noon trading, Ashland is down $1.73 (-1.8%) to $92.59 on average volume. Thus far, 356,241 shares of Ashland exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 660,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $92.52-$95.73 after having opened the day at $95.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $94.32.

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Ashland Inc. operates as a specialty chemicals company worldwide. It operates through three segments: Specialty Ingredients, Performance Materials, and Valvoline. Ashland has a market cap of $6.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 6.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Ashland a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Ashland

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, unimpressive growth in net income and poor profit margins. Get the full

Ashland Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

Potash Corp of Saskatchewan

(

POT

) is down $0.17 (-1.1%) to $15.02 on heavy volume. Thus far, 6.8 million shares of Potash Corp of Saskatchewan exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $14.75-$15.22 after having opened the day at $14.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.19.

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Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc., together with its subsidiaries, produces and sells fertilizers and related industrial and feed products worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Potash, Nitrogen, and Phosphate. Potash Corp of Saskatchewan has a market cap of $12.6 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 12.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Potash Corp of Saskatchewan a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Potash Corp of Saskatchewan

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, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full

Potash Corp of Saskatchewan Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Sherwin-Williams

(

SHW

) is down $1.93 (-0.8%) to $250.32 on heavy volume. Thus far, 984,444 shares of Sherwin-Williams exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 730,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $243.35-$258.27 after having opened the day at $245.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $252.25.

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The Sherwin-Williams Company develops, manufactures, distributes, and sells paints, coatings, and related products to professional, industrial, commercial, and retail customers primarily in North and South America. Sherwin-Williams has a market cap of $23.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 3.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Sherwin-Williams a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Sherwin-Williams

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, impressive record of earnings per share growth and increase in net income. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full

Sherwin-Williams 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

).