5 Stocks Pushing The Basic Materials Sector Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 10 points (-0.1%) at 13,082 as of Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, 1:34 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,351 issues advancing vs. 1,574 declining with 129 unchanged.

The Basic Materials sector currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Turquoise Hill Resources ( TRQ), up 10.3%, Transocean ( RIG), up 4.6%, Agnico-Eagle Mines ( AEM), up 1.5%, Continental Resources ( CLR), up 1.2% and Gerdau ( GGB), up 1.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Chesapeake Energy ( CHK), down 2.1%, Total ( TOT), down 1.4%, Suncor Energy ( SU), down 1.3%, BP ( BP), down 0.9% and Occidental Petroleum Corporation ( OXY), down 0.5%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the sector higher today:

5. Cameron International Corporation ( CAM) is one of the companies pushing the Basic Materials sector higher today. As of noon trading, Cameron International Corporation is up $2.03 (4.1%) to $51.74 on light volume Thus far, 1.8 million shares of Cameron International Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $49.69-$51.77 after having opened the day at $49.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.71.

Cameron International Corporation provides flow equipment products, systems, and services worldwide. Cameron International Corporation has a market cap of $12.5 billion and is part of the energy industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate Cameron International Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cameron International Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Cameron International Corporation Ratings Report now.

4. As of noon trading, Marathon Petroleum ( MPC) is up $1.96 (3.7%) to $55.01 on light volume Thus far, 1.7 million shares of Marathon Petroleum exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $53.05-$55.04 after having opened the day at $53.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.05.

Marathon Petroleum Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in refining, transporting, and marketing petroleum products primarily in the United States. Marathon Petroleum has a market cap of $18.3 billion and is part of the energy industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 62.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Marathon Petroleum a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Marathon Petroleum as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. Get the full Marathon Petroleum Ratings Report now.

3. As of noon trading, Goldcorp ( GG) is up $0.14 (0.3%) to $43.28 on light volume Thus far, 3.0 million shares of Goldcorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $43.28-$43.97 after having opened the day at $43.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.14.

Goldcorp Inc. engages in the acquisition, development, exploration, and operation of precious metal properties. It primarily explores gold, silver, copper, lead, and zinc. Goldcorp has a market cap of $36.8 billion and is part of the metals & mining industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Goldcorp a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Goldcorp as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, weak operating cash flow and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Goldcorp Ratings Report now.

2. As of noon trading, Monsanto Company ( MON) is up $1.40 (1.6%) to $87.27 on light volume Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Monsanto Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $85.63-$87.29 after having opened the day at $85.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $85.87.

Monsanto Company, together with its subsidiaries, provides agricultural products for farmers. It operates in two segments, Seeds and Genomics, and Agricultural Productivity. Monsanto Company has a market cap of $46.4 billion and is part of the chemicals industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 22.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Monsanto Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Monsanto Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Monsanto Company Ratings Report now.

1. As of noon trading, Vale ( VALE) is up $0.15 (0.8%) to $18.70 on light volume Thus far, 9.0 million shares of Vale exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 21.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $18.56-$18.80 after having opened the day at $18.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.55.

Vale S.A. engages in the exploration, production, and sale of basic metals in Brazil and internationally. The company is also involved in energy, logistics, and steel businesses. Vale has a market cap of $134.3 billion and is part of the metals & mining industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 4.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 12.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Vale a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vale as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full Vale Ratings Report now.

If you are interested in one of these 5 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).

A reminder about TheStreet Ratings group: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

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