5 Stocks Pushing The Basic Materials Sector Lower

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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 35 points (0.3%) at 14,006 as of Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, 12:05 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,786 issues advancing vs. 1,060 declining with 154 unchanged.

The Basic Materials sector currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Valspar Corporation ( VAL), down 7.6%, Ocean Rig UDW ( ORIG), down 6.5%, Huntsman Corporation ( HUN), down 4.5%, Kosmos Energy ( KOS), down 3.9% and Valero Energy Corporation ( VLO), down 0.8%. Top gainers within the sector include Canadian Natural Resources ( CNQ), up 2.9%, Cameco ( CCJ), up 2.4%, Teck Resources ( TCK), up 2.3%, Anglogold Ashanti ( AU), up 2.0% and Eni SpA ( E), up 1.3%.

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

5. Weatherford International ( WFT) is one of the companies pushing the Basic Materials sector lower today. As of noon trading, Weatherford International is down $0.18 (-1.4%) to $12.75 on average volume Thus far, 5.7 million shares of Weatherford International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $12.61-$12.99 after having opened the day at $12.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.93.

Weatherford International Ltd. provides equipment and services used in the drilling, evaluation, completion, production, and intervention of oil and natural gas wells worldwide. Weatherford International has a market cap of $10.2 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 18.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Weatherford International a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Weatherford International as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Weatherford International Ratings Report now.

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