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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4. As of noon trading, Total ( TOT) is up $1.09 (2.3%) to $49.17 on heavy volume Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Total exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.61-$49.22 after having opened the day at $48.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.08.

TOTAL S.A., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an integrated oil and gas company worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Upstream, Downstream, and Chemicals. Total has a market cap of $108.3 billion and is part of the energy industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 7.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Total a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Total as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Total Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Enterprise Products Partners ( EPD) is up $0.51 (0.8%) to $61.20 on light volume Thus far, 472,218 shares of Enterprise Products Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $60.63-$61.20 after having opened the day at $60.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $60.69.

Enterprise Products Partners L.P. provides midstream energy services to producers and consumers of natural gas, natural gas liquids (NGLs), crude oil, refined products, and petrochemicals in the United States and internationally. Enterprise Products Partners has a market cap of $54.2 billion and is part of the energy industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 21.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate Enterprise Products Partners a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Enterprise Products Partners as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Enterprise Products Partners Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, EOG Resources ( EOG) is up $1.45 (1.1%) to $129.96 on average volume Thus far, 661,634 shares of EOG Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $128.04-$130.05 after having opened the day at $128.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $128.51.

EOG Resources, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the exploration, development, production, and marketing of crude oil and natural gas. EOG Resources has a market cap of $34.8 billion and is part of the energy industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 60.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 20 analysts that rate EOG Resources a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates EOG Resources as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full EOG Resources Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Occidental Petroleum Corporation ( OXY) is up $2.50 (3.2%) to $81.46 on heavy volume Thus far, 4.9 million shares of Occidental Petroleum Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $79.25-$81.73 after having opened the day at $79.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $78.95.

Occidental Petroleum Corporation engages in the exploration and production of oil and gas properties in the United States and internationally. The company operates in three segments: Oil and Gas; Chemical; and Midstream, Marketing and Other. Occidental Petroleum Corporation has a market cap of $63.1 billion and is part of the energy industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Occidental Petroleum Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Occidental Petroleum Corporation 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 and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Occidental Petroleum Corporation 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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