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 37 points (0.2%) at 16,217 as of Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,992 issues advancing vs. 910 declining with 172 unchanged. The Basic Materials sector currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. Top gainers within the sector include China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation ( SNP), up 3.6%, Alcoa ( AA), up 2.8%, EOG Resources ( EOG), up 2.1%, Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold ( FCX), up 2.1% and Seadrill ( SDRL), up 1.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Apache Corporation ( APA), down 3.4%, Ecopetrol S.A ( EC), down 3.4%, Barrick Gold Corporation ( ABX), down 2.2%, Kinder Morgan ( KMI), down 1.9% and Goldcorp ( GG), down 1.5%. TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the sector higher today: 3. Newfield Exploration Company ( NFX) is one of the companies pushing the Basic Materials sector higher today. As of noon trading, Newfield Exploration Company is up $2.23 (8.7%) to $27.89 on heavy volume. Thus far, 5.5 million shares of Newfield Exploration Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $26.07-$28.35 after having opened the day at $26.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.66. Newfield Exploration Company, an independent energy company, engages in the exploration, development, and production of crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids. Its areas of operation include the Mid-Continent, the Rocky Mountains, and onshore Gulf Coast, as well as Malaysia and China. Newfield Exploration Company has a market cap of $3.4 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 2.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Newfield Exploration Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold. TheStreet Ratings rates Newfield Exploration Company as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Newfield Exploration Company 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.