5 Stocks Pushing The Basic Materials Sector Lower

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 53 points (-0.4%) at 13,873 as of Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, 11:50 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 851 issues advancing vs. 2,047 declining with 117 unchanged.

The Basic Materials sector currently sits down 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Gold Fields ( GFI), down 14.1%, ArcelorMittal ( MT), down 3.3%, Williams Partners ( WPZ), down 2.4%, Transocean ( RIG), down 2.7% and Total ( TOT), down 2.1%.

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

5. Devon Energy ( DVN) is one of the companies pushing the Basic Materials sector lower today. As of noon trading, Devon Energy is down $1.27 (-2.2%) to $55.30 on average volume Thus far, 2.7 million shares of Devon Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $54.96-$56.42 after having opened the day at $56.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.57.

Devon Energy Corporation, an independent energy company, engages primarily in exploration, development, and production of oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids. Devon Energy has a market cap of $24.5 billion and is part of the energy industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 35.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 16.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Devon Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Devon Energy as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid financial position based on a variety of debt and liquidity measures that we have evaluated. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and deteriorating net income. Get the full Devon Energy Ratings Report now.

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