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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4. As of noon trading, HollyFrontier ( HFC) is down $1.15 (-2.0%) to $55.00 on average volume Thus far, 1.5 million shares of HollyFrontier exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $54.72-$56.19 after having opened the day at $56.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.15.

HollyFrontier Corporation operates as an independent petroleum refiner and marketer in the United States. It produces light products, such as gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel, specialty lubricant products, liquefied petroleum gas, fuel oil, and specialty and modified asphalt. HollyFrontier has a market cap of $11.4 billion and is part of the energy industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 20.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate HollyFrontier a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates HollyFrontier as a buy. 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, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full HollyFrontier Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, CF Industries Holdings ( CF) is down $2.82 (-1.2%) to $222.80 on average volume Thus far, 417,506 shares of CF Industries Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 867,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $222.20-$226.72 after having opened the day at $226.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $225.62.

CF Industries Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiary, CF Industries, Inc., manufactures and distributes nitrogen and phosphate fertilizer products, serving agricultural and industrial customers worldwide. It operates in two segments, Nitrogen and Phosphate. CF Industries Holdings has a market cap of $14.2 billion and is part of the chemicals industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate CF Industries Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CF Industries Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full CF Industries Holdings Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Marathon Petroleum ( MPC) is down $0.49 (-0.6%) to $81.20 on light volume Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Marathon Petroleum exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $80.66-$82.00 after having opened the day at $81.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $81.69.

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 $27.6 billion and is part of the energy industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 29.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Marathon Petroleum a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 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 notable return on equity, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. 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.

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1. As of noon trading, PPG Industries ( PPG) is down $3.60 (-2.6%) to $135.75 on average volume Thus far, 1.4 million shares of PPG Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $135.74-$138.39 after having opened the day at $138.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $139.35.

PPG Industries, Inc. manufactures and supplies protective and decorative coatings. PPG Industries has a market cap of $21.3 billion and is part of the chemicals industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate PPG Industries a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PPG Industries as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full PPG Industries Ratings Report now.

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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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