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. Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 12 points (-0.1%) at 16,797 as of Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,344 issues advancing vs. 1,611 declining with 185 unchanged. The Basic Materials sector currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the sector include Southern Copper ( SCCO), up 2.4%, Anadarko Petroleum ( APC), up 1.2%, BP ( BP), up 1.2%, Total ( TOT), up 0.9% and Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR.A), up 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include YPF Sociedad Anonima ( YPF), down 4.8%, Access Midstream Partners ( ACMP), down 3.2%, Magellan Midstream Partners L.P ( MMP), down 2.2%, Enterprise Products Partners ( EPD), down 1.8% and Enbridge ( ENB), down 1.2%. TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the sector higher today: 3. Royal Dutch Shell ( RDS.A) is one of the companies pushing the Basic Materials sector higher today. As of noon trading, Royal Dutch Shell is up $1.16 (1.4%) to $81.60 on average volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Royal Dutch Shell exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $81.43-$81.76 after having opened the day at $81.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $80.45. Royal Dutch Shell plc operates as an independent oil and gas company worldwide. The company explores for and extracts crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids. Royal Dutch Shell has a market cap of $257.5 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 12.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. TheStreet Ratings rates Royal Dutch Shell as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Royal Dutch Shell 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.