Today's Top Performers In Basic Materials

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 57 points (-0.4%) at 15,601 as of Monday, Aug. 5, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,233 issues advancing vs. 1,686 declining with 120 unchanged.

The Basic Materials sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. Top gainers within the sector include Teck Resources ( TCK), up 1.9%, Williams Partners ( WPZ), up 1.9% and Dow Chemical ( DOW), up 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR), down 1.7%, Imperial Oil ( IMO), down 1.3%, Phillips 66 ( PSX), down 1.3%, Exxon Mobil Corporation ( XOM), down 0.9% and Statoil ASA ( STO), down 0.8%.

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

5. Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan ( POT) is one of the companies pushing the Basic Materials sector higher today. As of noon trading, Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan is up $0.64 (2.2%) to $29.55 on heavy volume. Thus far, 8.9 million shares of Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $28.86-$29.69 after having opened the day at $29.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.91.

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 $25.6 billion and is part of the chemicals industry. Shares are down 29.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 11 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 increase in net income, expanding profit margins, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, EOG Resources ( EOG) is up $0.61 (0.4%) to $153.64 on average volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of EOG Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $152.15-$155.04 after having opened the day at $152.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $153.03.

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 $41.4 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 26.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 21 analysts that rate EOG Resources a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 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, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full EOG Resources Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Anadarko Petroleum ( APC) is up $0.33 (0.4%) to $90.79 on light volume. Thus far, 950,388 shares of Anadarko Petroleum exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $90.12-$91.15 after having opened the day at $90.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $90.46.

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation engages in the exploration, development, production, and marketing of natural gas, crude oil, condensate, and natural gas liquids (NGLs) in the United States and internationally. Anadarko Petroleum has a market cap of $45.3 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 21.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 19 analysts that rate Anadarko Petroleum a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Anadarko Petroleum as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, compelling growth in net income and solid stock price performance. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Anadarko Petroleum Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, LyondellBasell Industries ( LYB) is up $0.54 (0.8%) to $69.49 on average volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of LyondellBasell Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $68.92-$69.59 after having opened the day at $68.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $68.95.

LyondellBasell Industries N.V., together with its subsidiaries, manufacturers and sells chemicals and polymers; refines crude oil; produces gasoline blending components; and develops and licenses technologies for the production of polymers. LyondellBasell Industries has a market cap of $39.1 billion and is part of the chemicals industry. Shares are up 20.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate LyondellBasell Industries a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates LyondellBasell Industries as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full LyondellBasell Industries Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Chesapeake Energy ( CHK) is up $0.62 (2.5%) to $25.57 on average volume. Thus far, 5.2 million shares of Chesapeake Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $24.79-$25.63 after having opened the day at $24.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.95.

Chesapeake Energy Corporation engages in the acquisition, exploration, development, and production of natural gas and oil properties in the United States. The company also offers marketing, midstream, drilling, and other oilfield services. Chesapeake Energy has a market cap of $16.6 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 50.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Chesapeake Energy a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 17 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chesapeake Energy as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full Chesapeake Energy 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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