5 Basic Materials Stocks Nudging The Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 31 points (0.2%) at 16,096 as of Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,434 issues advancing vs. 1,496 declining with 119 unchanged.

The Basic Materials sector currently sits down 0.9% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Plains All American Pipeline ( PAA), up 1.7%, and China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation ( SNP), up 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Seadrill ( SDRL), down 5.8%, Newmont Mining Corporation ( NEM), down 3.8%, Pioneer Natural Resources Company ( PXD), down 3.7%, Continental Resources ( CLR), down 3.6% and Goldcorp ( GG), down 3.5%.

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

5. Enterprise Products Partners ( EPD) is one of the companies pushing the Basic Materials sector higher today. As of noon trading, Enterprise Products Partners is up $0.66 (1.1%) to $63.17 on light volume. Thus far, 398,004 shares of Enterprise Products Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $62.41-$63.27 after having opened the day at $62.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.51.

Enterprise Products Partners L.P. provides midstream energy services to producers and consumers of natural gas, natural gas liquids (NGLs), crude oil, refined products, and petrochemicals in the United States and internationally. Enterprise Products Partners has a market cap of $58.1 billion and is part of the energy industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 24.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate Enterprise Products Partners a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Enterprise Products Partners as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, reasonable valuation levels and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Enterprise Products Partners Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Kinder Morgan ( KMI) is up $0.36 (1.0%) to $35.88 on light volume. Thus far, 863,164 shares of Kinder Morgan exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.53-$35.96 after having opened the day at $35.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.52.

Kinder Morgan, Inc. owns and operates energy transportation and storage assets in the United States and Canada. The company operates in six segments: Natural Gas Pipelines, Products Pipelines KMP, CO2 KMP, Terminals KMP, Kinder Morgan Canada KMP, and Other. Kinder Morgan has a market cap of $36.5 billion and is part of the energy industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 33.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Kinder Morgan a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kinder Morgan as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full Kinder Morgan Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Alcoa ( AA) is up $0.32 (3.5%) to $9.56 on heavy volume. Thus far, 22.7 million shares of Alcoa exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 27.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $9.52-$9.75 after having opened the day at $9.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.24.

Alcoa Inc. engages in the production and management of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum, and alumina. The company operates in four segments: Alumina, Primary Metals, Global Rolled Products, and Engineered Products and Solutions. Alcoa has a market cap of $9.8 billion and is part of the metals & mining industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 32.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Alcoa a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Alcoa as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, impressive record of earnings per share growth and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and generally higher debt management risk. Get the full Alcoa Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Marathon Petroleum ( MPC) is up $1.23 (1.5%) to $81.48 on average volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of Marathon Petroleum exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $79.74-$81.48 after having opened the day at $80.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $80.25.

Marathon Petroleum Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in refining, transporting, and marketing petroleum products primarily in the United States. It operates through Refining & Marketing, Speedway, and Pipeline Transportation segments. Marathon Petroleum has a market cap of $23.7 billion and is part of the energy industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 27.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Marathon Petroleum a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Marathon Petroleum as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, 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 Marathon Petroleum Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Valero Energy Corporation ( VLO) is up $0.58 (1.3%) to $44.46 on average volume. Thus far, 2.8 million shares of Valero Energy Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $43.44-$44.47 after having opened the day at $43.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.88.

Valero Energy Corporation operates as an independent petroleum refining and marketing company. The company operates through three segments: Refining, Ethanol, and Retail. Valero Energy Corporation has a market cap of $23.0 billion and is part of the energy industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 24.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Valero Energy Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Valero Energy Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels, 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 has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Valero Energy Corporation 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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