All three major indices are trading up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 44 points (0.3%) at 17,560 as of Monday, March 28, 2016, 1:00 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,693 issues advancing vs. 1,250 declining with 166 unchanged.

The Basic Materials sector currently sits down 1.0% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the sector include

Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras

(

PBR

), up 5.1%,

Ecopetrol

(

EC

), up 4.1%,

Vale

(

VALE

), up 2.7%,

Alcoa

(

AA

), up 2.0% and

Ultrapar Participacoes

(

UGP

), up 1.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include

Noble Energy

(

NBL

), down 7.1%,

Plains All American Pipeline

(

PAA

), down 3.9%,

Energy Transfer Equity

(

ETE

), down 4.0%,

Cheniere Energy

(

LNG

), down 2.7% and

Devon Energy

(

DVN

), down 2.8%.

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

3.

Mosaic

(

MOS

) is one of the companies pushing the Basic Materials sector higher today. As of noon trading, Mosaic is up $0.51 (1.9%) to $27.77 on light volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of Mosaic exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $26.82-$27.79 after having opened the day at $27.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.26.

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The Mosaic Company, through its subsidiaries, produces and markets concentrated phosphate and potash crop nutrients primarily for the agricultural industry worldwide. The company operates through three segments: Phosphates, Potash, and International Distribution. Mosaic has a market cap of $9.6 billion and is part of the chemicals industry. Shares are down 1.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Mosaic a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Mosaic

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, attractive valuation levels and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow. Get the full

Mosaic Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

E.I. du Pont de Nemours

(

DD

) is up $0.51 (0.8%) to $64.46 on light volume. Thus far, 589,907 shares of E.I. du Pont de Nemours exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $64.06-$64.62 after having opened the day at $64.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.95.

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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 $55.7 billion and is part of the chemicals industry. Shares are down 4.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate E.I. du Pont de Nemours a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 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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1. As of noon trading,

Dow Chemical

(

DOW

) is up $0.43 (0.8%) to $51.75 on light volume. Thus far, 2.1 million shares of Dow Chemical exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $51.46-$51.86 after having opened the day at $51.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.32.

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The Dow Chemical Company manufactures and supplies products that are used primarily as raw materials in the manufacture of customer products and services worldwide. Dow Chemical has a market cap of $57.3 billion and is part of the chemicals industry. Shares are down 0.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Dow Chemical a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Dow Chemical

as a

buy

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

Dow Chemical 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

).