3 Basic Materials Stocks Moving The Sector Upward

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 14 points (0.1%) at 16,456 as of Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,718 issues advancing vs. 1,181 declining with 172 unchanged.

The Basic Materials sector currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation ( SNP), down 1.8%, Southern Copper Corporation ( SCCO), down 1.7%, Chesapeake Energy ( CHK), down 1.5%, Continental Resources ( CLR), down 1.5% and PetroChina ( PTR), down 1.4%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the sector higher today:

3. Apache Corporation ( APA) is one of the companies pushing the Basic Materials sector higher today. As of noon trading, Apache Corporation is up $0.56 (0.7%) to $86.04 on light volume. Thus far, 860,861 shares of Apache Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $85.62-$86.73 after having opened the day at $85.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $85.48.

Apache Corporation, an independent energy company, explores for, develops, and produces natural gas, crude oil, and natural gas liquids. Apache Corporation has a market cap of $34.3 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 0.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Apache Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Apache Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Apache Corporation Ratings Report now.

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