Today's Stocks Driving Success For The Basic Materials Sector

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 202 points (-1.2%) at 16,120 as of Monday, March 3, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 729 issues advancing vs. 2,228 declining with 140 unchanged.

The Basic Materials sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 1.0%. Top gainers within the sector include Randgold Resources ( GOLD), up 4.8%, Statoil ASA ( STO), up 2.3%, Canadian Natural Resources ( CNQ), up 1.0%, Monsanto Company ( MON), up 1.0% and EOG Resources ( EOG), up 0.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Companhia Siderurgica Nacional ( SID), down 7.9%, BP ( BP), down 2.4%, Tenaris ( TS), down 2.4%, Schlumberger ( SLB), down 2.1% and Total ( TOT), down 2.1%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the sector higher today:

3. Goldcorp ( GG) is one of the companies pushing the Basic Materials sector higher today. As of noon trading, Goldcorp is up $0.61 (2.3%) to $27.54 on average volume. Thus far, 3.5 million shares of Goldcorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $27.41-$27.82 after having opened the day at $27.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.93.

Goldcorp Inc. engages in the acquisition, development, exploration, and operation of precious metal properties in Canada, the United States, Mexico, and Central and South America. It primarily explores for gold ores, as well as for silver, copper, lead, and zinc ores. Goldcorp has a market cap of $22.0 billion and is part of the metals & mining industry. Shares are up 24.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate Goldcorp a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Goldcorp as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Get the full Goldcorp Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Barrick Gold Corporation ( ABX) is up $0.35 (1.7%) to $20.73 on average volume. Thus far, 6.3 million shares of Barrick Gold Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 15.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.70-$21.02 after having opened the day at $20.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.38.

Barrick Gold Corporation engages in the production and sale of gold and copper. It is also involved in exploration and mine development activities. Barrick Gold Corporation has a market cap of $24.1 billion and is part of the metals & mining industry. Shares are up 15.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Barrick Gold Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Barrick Gold Corporation as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Get the full Barrick Gold Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold ( FCX) is up $0.40 (1.2%) to $33.02 on average volume. Thus far, 4.7 million shares of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.50-$33.16 after having opened the day at $32.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.62.

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. engages in the exploration of mineral resource properties. The company primarily explores for copper, gold, molybdenum, cobalt, silver, and other metals, such as rhenium and magnetite. Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold has a market cap of $34.7 billion and is part of the metals & mining industry. Shares are down 13.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 12 analysts who rate Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 stocks, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the basic materials sector could consider Materials Select Sector SPDR ( XLB) while those bearish on the basic materials sector could consider ProShares Short Basic Materials Fd ( SBM).

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