Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link. Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 23 points (-0.1%) at 15,403 as of Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,506 issues advancing vs. 1,423 declining with 115 unchanged. The Basic Materials sector currently sits up 1.0% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Air Products & Chemicals ( APD), down 2.6%, Cenovus Energy ( CVE), down 2.5%, Canadian Natural Resources ( CNQ), down 1.4%, Statoil ASA ( STO), down 1.3% and Exxon Mobil Corporation ( XOM), down 1.0%. Top gainers within the sector include Eldorado Gold ( EGO), up 8.5%, Kinross Gold Corporation ( KGC), up 7.6%, Barrick Gold Corporation ( ABX), up 5.4%, Pembina Pipeline ( PBA), up 4.0% and Teck Resources ( TCK), up 3.1%. TheStreet would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the sector lower today: 5. Royal Dutch Shell ( RDS.A) is one of the companies pushing the Basic Materials sector lower today. As of noon trading, Royal Dutch Shell is down $0.44 (-0.7%) to $64.33 on average volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Royal Dutch Shell exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $64.01-$64.38 after having opened the day at $64.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.77. 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 $203.2 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 6.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. TheStreet Ratings rates Royal Dutch Shell as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Royal Dutch Shell Ratings Report now. STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12-months. Learn more.