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 down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 69 points (-0.4%) at 16,384 as of Monday, March 10, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 999 issues advancing vs. 1,928 declining with 160 unchanged. The Electronics industry currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Kyocera Corporation ( KYO), down 3.5%, SunPower Corporation ( SPWR), down 3.0%, United Microelectronics ( UMC), down 2.7%, LG.Display Company ( LPL), down 1.9% and NXP Semiconductor ( NXPI), down 1.7%. A company within the industry that increased today was Plug Power ( PLUG), up 31.9%. TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry lower today: 3. Applied Materials ( AMAT) is one of the companies pushing the Electronics industry lower today. As of noon trading, Applied Materials is down $0.22 (-1.1%) to $19.42 on average volume. Thus far, 5.0 million shares of Applied Materials exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $19.42-$19.71 after having opened the day at $19.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.64. Applied Materials, Inc. provides manufacturing equipment, services, and software to the semiconductor, flat panel display, solar photovoltaic (PV), and related industries worldwide. Applied Materials has a market cap of $23.5 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 9.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Applied Materials a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold. TheStreet Ratings rates Applied Materials as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, growth in earnings per share and compelling growth in net income. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Applied Materials Ratings Report now. STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.