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 90 points (0.6%) at 15,153 as of Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,842 issues advancing vs. 1,092 declining with 95 unchanged.

The Basic Materials sector currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.5%. Top gainers within the sector include Continental Resources ( CLR), up 3.8%, Cameco ( CCJ), up 3.7%, Vale ( VALE), up 2.9%, Agrium ( AGU), up 2.4% and Ultrapar Holdings ( UGP), up 2.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Goldcorp ( GG), down 5.5%, Eldorado Gold ( EGO), down 4.5%, Randgold Resources ( GOLD), down 3.9%, Silver Wheaton Corporation ( SLW), down 3.6% and Barrick Gold Corporation ( ABX), down 3.5%.

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

5. Mosaic ( MOS) is one of the companies pushing the Basic Materials sector higher today. As of noon trading, Mosaic is up $1.02 (2.3%) to $45.33 on heavy volume. Thus far, 7.5 million shares of Mosaic exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $44.17-$46.27 after having opened the day at $44.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.31.

October 5 FQ1-2011 Results: - FQ1-11 Guidance: Potash 1.6-1.9Mt @ $310-$340 tonne. Phosphate 3.3-3.6Mt @ $430-460/tonne. - Sustaining capex of $450-500M/yr FY2011 capex $1.4-1.6bn to grow potash (excludes $350m Bayovar payment). Mosaic has a market cap of $12.5 billion and is part of the chemicals industry. Shares are down 25.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Mosaic a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mosaic as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Mosaic Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR) is up $0.23 (1.5%) to $15.50 on average volume. Thus far, 10.4 million shares of Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 19.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $15.28-$15.51 after having opened the day at $15.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.27.

Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. - Petrobras operates as an integrated oil and gas company in Brazil and internationally. Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras has a market cap of $95.7 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 21.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins. Get the full Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company ( DD) is up $0.57 (1.0%) to $58.07 on light volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $57.65-$58.44 after having opened the day at $57.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.50.

E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company operates as a science and technology based company worldwide. Its Agriculture segment provides corn hybrid, soybean, canola, sunflower, sorghum, inoculants, wheat, and rice seed products under the Pioneer brand; and herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides. E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company has a market cap of $52.7 billion and is part of the chemicals industry. Shares are up 27.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels 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 E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Monsanto Company ( MON) is up $0.52 (0.5%) to $102.53 on average volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Monsanto Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $101.92-$102.94 after having opened the day at $102.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $102.01.

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 $53.3 billion and is part of the chemicals industry. Shares are up 7.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Monsanto Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 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, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and reasonable valuation levels. 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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1. As of noon trading, Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan ( POT) is up $0.81 (2.6%) to $32.51 on heavy volume. Thus far, 16.9 million shares of Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $31.69-$33.38 after having opened the day at $31.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.70.

Sameer's Proprietary Business Description. THIS SHOULD BE QUITE NOTICEABLE IN THE EVENT OF A PROP LEAK! Sameer's Proprietary Business Description. THIS SHOULD BE QUITE NOTICEABLE IN THE EVENT OF A PROP LEAK! Sameer's Proprietary Business Description. Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan has a market cap of $26.2 billion and is part of the chemicals industry. Shares are down 25.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan 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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