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. All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 63 points (0.4%) at 14,888 as of Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, 12:45 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,979 issues advancing vs. 942 declining with 102 unchanged. The Basic Materials sector currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Statoil ASA ( STO), down 1.9%, BP ( BP), down 0.9%, Royal Dutch Shell ( RDS.A), down 0.8% and Suncor Energy ( SU), down 0.7%. Top gainers within the sector include Barrick Gold Corporation ( ABX), up 2.7%, LyondellBasell Industries ( LYB), up 1.2%, Kinder Morgan ( KMI), up 1.0% and Dow Chemical ( DOW), up 0.6%. TheStreet would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the sector lower today: 5. Total ( TOT) is one of the companies pushing the Basic Materials sector lower today. As of noon trading, Total is down $0.99 (-1.7%) to $55.92 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Total exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $55.80-$56.24 after having opened the day at $55.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.91. TOTAL S.A., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a oil and gas company worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Upstream, Refining and Chemicals, and Marketing and Services. Total has a market cap of $126.8 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 7.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Total a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and none rate 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Total 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.