3 Basic Materials Stocks Dragging The Sector Down

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 29 points (-0.2%) at 16,877 as of Thursday, June 19, 2014, 1:00 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,663 issues advancing vs. 1,297 declining with 187 unchanged.

The Basic Materials sector currently sits up 1.0% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include YPF Sociedad Anonima ( YPF), down 2.0%, Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR.A), down 1.9%, Energy Transfer Equity ( ETE), down 1.2%, Suncor Energy ( SU), down 1.0% and E I du Pont de Nemours & Company ( DD), down 0.5%. Top gainers within the sector include Goldcorp ( GG), up 5.1%, Enterprise Products Partners ( EPD), up 1.5%, Spectra Energy ( SE), up 1.4%, Phillips 66 ( PSX), up 1.2% and Total ( TOT), up 1.2%.

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

3. Statoil ASA ( STO) is one of the companies pushing the Basic Materials sector lower today. As of noon trading, Statoil ASA is down $0.24 (-0.7%) to $31.60 on average volume. Thus far, 736,495 shares of Statoil ASA exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $31.40-$31.69 after having opened the day at $31.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.83.

Statoil ASA, an integrated energy company, is engaged in the exploration, production, transportation, refining, and marketing of petroleum and petroleum-derived products in Norway and internationally. Statoil ASA has a market cap of $100.0 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 31.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Statoil ASA a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Statoil ASA as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Statoil ASA Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR) is down $0.32 (-2.0%) to $15.62 on light volume. Thus far, 6.6 million shares of Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 23.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $15.52-$15.89 after having opened the day at $15.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.94.

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 $101.2 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 15.7% 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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1. As of noon trading, Exxon Mobil Corporation ( XOM) is down $0.83 (-0.8%) to $101.90 on average volume. Thus far, 3.7 million shares of Exxon Mobil Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $101.73-$102.84 after having opened the day at $102.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $102.73.

Exxon Mobil Corporation explores and produces for crude oil and natural gas. As of December 31, 2013, the company had approximately 37,661 gross and 31,823 net operated wells. Exxon Mobil Corporation has a market cap of $441.5 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 1.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Exxon Mobil Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Exxon Mobil Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Exxon Mobil Corporation 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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