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 up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 80 points (0.5%) at 15,453 as of Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,024 issues advancing vs. 894 declining with 170 unchanged. The Basic Materials sector currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.7%. Top gainers within the sector include YPF Sociedad Anonima ( YPF), up 5.5%, Pioneer Natural Resources Company ( PXD), up 4.3%, Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation ( COG), up 3.5%, Encana ( ECA), up 3.2% and Range Resources Corporation ( RRC), up 3.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Helmerich & Payne ( HP), down 3.2%, Valero Energy Corporation ( VLO), down 2.4%, Phillips 66 ( PSX), down 1.3%, Suncor Energy ( SU), down 1.1% and Barrick Gold Corporation ( ABX), down 0.9%. TheStreet would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the sector higher today: 5. Vale ( VALE) is one of the companies pushing the Basic Materials sector higher today. As of noon trading, Vale is up $0.32 (2.4%) to $13.50 on light volume. Thus far, 6.6 million shares of Vale exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 18.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $13.25-$13.56 after having opened the day at $13.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.18. Vale S.A. engages in the research, production, and marketing of iron ore and pellets, nickel, fertilizers, copper, coal, manganese, ferroalloys, cobalt, platinum group metals, and precious metals in Brazil and internationally. Vale has a market cap of $70.1 billion and is part of the metals & mining industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 13.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Vale a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold. TheStreet Ratings rates Vale as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Vale 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.