3 Stocks Pulling The Basic Materials Sector Downward

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 77 points (-0.5%) at 16,767 as of Thursday, June 12, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,294 issues advancing vs. 1,659 declining with 161 unchanged.

The Basic Materials sector currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Vale ( VALE), down 3.6%, Range Resources ( RRC), down 2.3% and Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold ( FCX), down 1.3%. Top gainers within the sector include Goldcorp ( GG), up 3.5%, Cenovus Energy ( CVE), up 3.0%, Seadrill ( SDRL), up 2.9%, Suncor Energy ( SU), up 2.8% and Marathon Oil ( MRO), up 2.1%.

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

3. ArcelorMittal ( MT) is one of the companies pushing the Basic Materials sector lower today. As of noon trading, ArcelorMittal is down $0.26 (-1.7%) to $15.10 on average volume. Thus far, 2.1 million shares of ArcelorMittal exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $15.07-$15.21 after having opened the day at $15.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.36.

ArcelorMittal, Societe Anonyme, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an integrated steel and mining company worldwide. The company operates in six segments: Flat Carbon Americas; Flat Carbon Europe; Long Carbon Americas and Europe; AACIS; Distribution Solutions; and Mining. ArcelorMittal has a market cap of $25.4 billion and is part of the metals & mining industry. Shares are down 13.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate ArcelorMittal a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates ArcelorMittal as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow, poor profit margins and generally higher debt management risk. Get the full ArcelorMittal Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, E I du Pont de Nemours & Company ( DD) is down $0.51 (-0.7%) to $68.46 on light volume. Thus far, 1.0 million shares of E I du Pont de Nemours & Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $68.46-$69.00 after having opened the day at $68.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $68.97.

E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company operates as a science and technology based company worldwide. Its Agriculture segment provides corn hybrid, soybean, canola, sunflower, sorghum, inoculants, wheat, and rice seed products under the Pioneer brand; and herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides. E I du Pont de Nemours & Company has a market cap of $63.8 billion and is part of the chemicals industry. Shares are up 6.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate E I du Pont de Nemours & Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates E I du Pont de Nemours & Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full E I du Pont de Nemours & Company Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR) is down $0.13 (-0.8%) to $15.53 on light volume. Thus far, 6.9 million shares of Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 24.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $15.46-$15.83 after having opened the day at $15.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.66.

Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. - Petrobras operates as an integrated oil and gas company in Brazil and internationally. Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras has a market cap of $99.8 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 13.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras 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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