2. As of noon trading, BP ( BP) is up $0.34 (0.7%) to $51.24 on average volume. Thus far, 3.4 million shares of BP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $50.94-$51.25 after having opened the day at $51.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.90.

BP p.l.c. provides fuel for transportation, energy for heat and light, lubricants to engines, and petrochemicals products worldwide. BP has a market cap of $171.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 4.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate BP a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates BP as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full BP 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.

If you liked this article you might like

Best Of The Buy-Rated Dividend Stocks: Top 3 Companies: GOV, OHI, KMP

3 Energy Stocks Nudging The Industry Higher

3 Basic Materials Stocks On The Rise

3 Energy Stocks Moving The Industry Upward

What to Expect When Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (KMP) Reports Third-Quarter Earnings