5 Stocks Boosting The Basic Materials Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 22 points (0.1%) at 16,095 as of Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, 12:00 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,757 issues advancing vs. 1,109 declining with 149 unchanged.

The Basic Materials sector currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. Top gainers within the sector include CVR Energy ( CVI), up 6.7%, Valero Energy Corporation ( VLO), up 4.3%, HollyFrontier ( HFC), up 4.2%, Marathon Petroleum ( MPC), up 4.4% and Tesoro Corporation ( TSO), up 3.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Laredo Petroleum Holdings ( LPI), down 5.0%, Weatherford International ( WFT), down 2.7%, Enbridge ( ENB), down 2.6%, Hess ( HES), down 2.1% and Pioneer Natural Resources Company ( PXD), down 1.5%.

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

5. Southern Copper Corporation ( SCCO) is one of the companies pushing the Basic Materials sector higher today. As of noon trading, Southern Copper Corporation is up $0.34 (1.4%) to $25.27 on average volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Southern Copper Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $24.98-$25.54 after having opened the day at $25.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.93.

Southern Copper Corporation engages in mining, exploring, producing, smelting, and refining copper and other minerals in Peru, Mexico, and Chile. Southern Copper Corporation has a market cap of $21.2 billion and is part of the metals & mining industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 34.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Southern Copper Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Southern Copper Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, notable return on equity and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full Southern Copper Corporation Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, ArcelorMittal ( MT) is up $0.28 (1.7%) to $16.96 on light volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of ArcelorMittal exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.91-$17.06 after having opened the day at $16.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.68.

ArcelorMittal, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an integrated steel and mining company worldwide. The company operates through six segments: Flat Carbon Americas; Flat Carbon Europe; Long Carbon Americas and Europe; Asia, Africa, and CIS; Distribution Solutions; and Mining. ArcelorMittal has a market cap of $26.1 billion and is part of the metals & mining industry. Shares are down 4.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate ArcelorMittal a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates ArcelorMittal as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity and generally high debt management risk. Get the full ArcelorMittal Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company ( DD) is up $0.33 (0.5%) to $61.65 on light volume. Thus far, 591,543 shares of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $61.30-$61.81 after having opened the day at $61.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.32.

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 $57.0 billion and is part of the chemicals industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 36.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 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 solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Vale ( VALE) is up $0.25 (1.7%) to $14.97 on light volume. Thus far, 6.0 million shares of Vale exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 18.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $14.77-$15.06 after having opened the day at $14.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.72.

Vale S.A. engages in the research, production, and marketing of iron ore and pellets, nickel, fertilizers, copper, coal, manganese, ferroalloys, cobalt, platinum group metals, and precious metals in Brazil and internationally. Vale has a market cap of $78.1 billion and is part of the metals & mining industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 29.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Vale a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

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

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1. As of noon trading, Dow Chemical ( DOW) is up $0.43 (1.1%) to $39.22 on light volume. Thus far, 2.3 million shares of Dow Chemical exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.84-$39.26 after having opened the day at $38.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.79.

The Dow Chemical Company manufactures and supplies chemical products for use as raw materials worldwide. Dow Chemical has a market cap of $47.3 billion and is part of the chemicals industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 20.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Dow Chemical a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dow Chemical as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Dow Chemical 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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