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 57 points (-0.3%) at 16,357 as of Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,698 issues advancing vs. 1,213 declining with 185 unchanged. The Basic Materials sector currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation ( COG), up 2.5%, Anadarko Petroleum ( APC), up 2.4%, Chesapeake Energy ( CHK), up 2.1%, Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR), up 1.6% and Vale ( VALE), up 1.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Penn West Petroleum ( PWE), down 8.4%, Eastman Chemical Company ( EMN), down 2.7%, Newmont Mining Corporation ( NEM), down 2.4%, Teck Resources ( TCK), down 2.3% and Barrick Gold Corporation ( ABX), down 2.2%. TheStreet would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the sector higher today: 5. Royal Dutch Shell ( RDS.B) is one of the companies pushing the Basic Materials sector higher today. As of noon trading, Royal Dutch Shell is up $0.88 (1.2%) to $75.65 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.8 million shares of Royal Dutch Shell exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $75.35-$75.88 after having opened the day at $75.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $74.77. Royal Dutch Shell plc operates as an independent oil and gas company worldwide. The company explores for and extracts crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids. Royal Dutch Shell has a market cap of $234.6 billion and is part of the energy industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. TheStreet Ratings rates Royal Dutch Shell as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Royal Dutch Shell 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.