5 Stocks Pushing The Basic Materials Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 59 points (0.4%) at 13,940 as of Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,920 issues advancing vs. 903 declining with 157 unchanged.

The Basic Materials sector currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.5%. Top gainers within the sector include Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation ( COG), up 7.9%, Concho Resources ( CXO), up 3.0%, Energy Transfer Equity ( ETE), up 2.4%, LyondellBasell Industries ( LYB), up 2.4% and Tenaris ( TS), up 1.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include World Fuel Services Corporation ( INT), down 10.2%, Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold ( FCX), down 1.3%, Ensco PLC Class A ( ESV), down 1.3%, Southern Copper Corporation ( SCCO), down 1.2% and Statoil ASA ( STO), down 0.6%.

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

5. Suncor Energy ( SU) is one of the companies pushing the Basic Materials sector higher today. As of noon trading, Suncor Energy is up $0.16 (0.5%) to $31.08 on average volume Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Suncor Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.79-$31.14 after having opened the day at $30.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.92.

Suncor Energy Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an integrated energy company. Suncor Energy has a market cap of $48.1 billion and is part of the energy industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 4.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Suncor Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Suncor 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 Suncor Energy Ratings Report now.

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