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 down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 3 points (0.0%) at 16,165 as of Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,090 issues advancing vs. 1,843 declining with 148 unchanged. The Basic Materials sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. Top gainers within the sector include Nucor ( NUE), up 1.9%, Kinder Morgan ( KMI), up 1.2%, Chevron ( CVX), up 1.0%, Dow Chemical ( DOW), up 1.0% and EOG Resources ( EOG), up 1.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation ( SNP), down 3.5%, Seadrill ( SDRL), down 2.3%, PetroChina ( PTR), down 2.0%, Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR.A), down 1.9% and Schlumberger ( SLB), down 1.0%. TheStreet would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the sector higher today: 5. Air Products & Chemicals ( APD) is one of the companies pushing the Basic Materials sector higher today. As of noon trading, Air Products & Chemicals is up $1.79 (1.7%) to $109.07 on average volume. Thus far, 542,035 shares of Air Products & Chemicals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $106.51-$109.07 after having opened the day at $107.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $107.28. Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. provides atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance materials, equipment, and services worldwide. The company operates through four segments: Merchant Gases, Tonnage Gases, Electronics and Performance Materials, and Equipment and Energy. Air Products & Chemicals has a market cap of $22.7 billion and is part of the chemicals industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 27.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Air Products & Chemicals a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold. TheStreet Ratings rates Air Products & Chemicals as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance 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 Air Products & Chemicals Ratings Report now. 3x UPSIDE POTENTIAL: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12-months. Learn more.