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. Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 125 points (-0.8%) at 16,333 as of Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,733 issues advancing vs. 1,234 declining with 157 unchanged. The Basic Materials sector currently sits up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Alcoa ( AA), up 7.0%, Anadarko Petroleum ( APC), up 1.9%, Enterprise Products Partners ( EPD), up 1.6%, Royal Dutch Shell ( RDS.B), up 0.9% and Statoil ASA ( STO), up 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Halliburton Company ( HAL), down 2.6%, Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR.A), down 1.7%, Ecopetrol S.A ( EC), down 1.4% and Exxon Mobil Corporation ( XOM), down 0.9%. TheStreet would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the sector higher today: 4. China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation ( SNP) is one of the companies pushing the Basic Materials sector higher today. As of noon trading, China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation is up $4.08 (5.3%) to $81.31 on heavy volume. Thus far, 150,000 shares of China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 119,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $81.15-$82.25 after having opened the day at $81.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.23. China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation, an energy and chemical company, through its subsidiaries, engages in the oil and gas, and chemical operations in the People's Republic of China. China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation has a market cap of $90.0 billion and is part of the energy industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 6.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold. TheStreet Ratings rates China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, attractive valuation levels, impressive record of earnings per share growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation 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.