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. 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 5 stocks pushing the sector lower today: 5. Williams Companies ( WMB) is one of the companies pushing the Basic Materials sector lower today. As of noon trading, Williams Companies is down $0.43 (-1.1%) to $37.85 on light volume. Thus far, 2.0 million shares of Williams Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.80-$38.39 after having opened the day at $38.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.28. The Williams Companies, Inc. operates as an energy infrastructure company. Williams Companies has a market cap of $26.4 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 0.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Williams Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold. TheStreet Ratings rates Williams Companies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. Get the full Williams Companies Ratings Report now. STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12-months. Learn more.