YPF, RIG, POT And MON, 4 Basic Materials Stocks Pushing The 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 3 points (0.0%) at 15,545 as of Thursday, July 25, 2013, 12:49 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,346 issues advancing vs. 1,602 declining with 83 unchanged.

The Basic Materials sector currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include PetroLogistics ( PDH), down 8.4%, Cameron International Corporation ( CAM), down 6.2%, Newfield Exploration Company ( NFX), down 5.1%, Diamond Offshore Drilling ( DO), down 4.2% and Seadrill ( SDRL), down 1.8%. Top gainers within the sector include Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation ( COG), up 7.2%, Range Resources Corporation ( RRC), up 5.7%, Consol Energy ( CNX), up 5.7%, Air Products & Chemicals ( APD), up 5.2% and Southwestern Energy Company ( SWN), up 4.5%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the sector lower today:

4. YPF Sociedad Anonima ( YPF) is one of the companies pushing the Basic Materials sector lower today. As of noon trading, YPF Sociedad Anonima is down $0.56 (-3.3%) to $16.19 on average volume. Thus far, 304,208 shares of YPF Sociedad Anonima exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 688,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.05-$16.80 after having opened the day at $16.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.75.

YPF SOCIEDAD ANONIMA, an energy company, engages in the exploration, development, and production of crude oil, natural gas, and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in Argentina. YPF Sociedad Anonima has a market cap of $6.7 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 16.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts that rate YPF Sociedad Anonima a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates YPF Sociedad Anonima as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full YPF Sociedad Anonima Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Transocean ( RIG) is down $0.49 (-1.0%) to $48.71 on average volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Transocean exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.54-$49.19 after having opened the day at $48.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.20.

Transocean Ltd. provides offshore contract drilling services for oil and gas wells worldwide. It offers deepwater and harsh environment drilling, oil and gas drilling management, and drilling engineering and drilling project management services, as well as logistics services. Transocean has a market cap of $18.0 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 12.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Transocean a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Transocean as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that we feel that the company's cash flow from its operations has been weak overall. Get the full Transocean Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan ( POT) is down $0.78 (-2.1%) to $37.16 on heavy volume. Thus far, 13.0 million shares of Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.98-$37.34 after having opened the day at $36.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.94.

Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc., together with its subsidiaries, produces and sells fertilizers and related industrial and feed products primarily in the United States and Canada. The company mines and produces potash, which is used as fertilizer. Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan has a market cap of $33.0 billion and is part of the chemicals industry. Shares are down 6.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

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

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1. As of noon trading, Monsanto Company ( MON) is down $0.67 (-0.7%) to $101.07 on average volume. Thus far, 1.0 million shares of Monsanto Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $100.00-$101.92 after having opened the day at $100.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $101.74.

Monsanto Company, together with its subsidiaries, provides agricultural products for farmers worldwide. It operates in two segments, Seeds and Genomics, and Agricultural Productivity. Monsanto Company has a market cap of $55.4 billion and is part of the chemicals industry. Shares are up 9.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Monsanto Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Monsanto Company 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, increase in stock price during the past year, notable return on equity 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 Monsanto Company 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).

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