5 Stocks Moving The Basic Materials Sector Upward

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 97 points (0.7%) at 14,670 as of Tuesday, April 2, 2013, 12:49 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,756 issues advancing vs. 1,114 declining with 151 unchanged.

The Basic Materials sector currently sits down 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.6%. Top gainers within the sector include Eni SpA ( E), up 2.2%, Cameron International Corporation ( CAM), up 2.1%, Tenaris ( TS), up 1.4%, Schlumberger ( SLB), up 1.4% and PetroChina ( PTR), up 1.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Eldorado Gold ( EGO), down 6.4%, Valero Energy Corporation ( VLO), down 4.6%, Silver Wheaton Corporation ( SLW), down 4.2%, Kinross Gold Corporation ( KGC), down 3.9% and ArcelorMittal ( MT), down 3.4%.

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

5. Royal Dutch Shell ( RDS.B) is one of the companies pushing the Basic Materials sector higher today. As of noon trading, Royal Dutch Shell is up $0.36 (0.5%) to $66.96 on average volume Thus far, 775,852 shares of Royal Dutch Shell exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $66.88-$67.20 after having opened the day at $67.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.60.

Royal Dutch Shell plc operates as an independent oil and gas company worldwide. The company explores for and extracts crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids. Royal Dutch Shell has a market cap of $210.7 billion and is part of the energy industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 6.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Royal Dutch Shell as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Royal Dutch Shell Ratings Report now.

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