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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 17 points (-0.1%) at 17,039 as of Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 915 issues advancing vs. 2,069 declining with 174 unchanged.

The Basic Materials sector currently sits down 1.0% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. A company within the sector that increased today was Marathon Petroleum ( MPC), up 1.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Continental Resources ( CLR), down 3.3%, Suncor Energy ( SU), down 3.0%, Canadian Natural Resources ( CNQ), down 2.7%, Crescent Point Energy ( CPG), down 2.4% and Encana ( ECA), down 2.4%.

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

3. Phillips 66 ( PSX) is one of the companies pushing the Basic Materials sector higher today. As of noon trading, Phillips 66 is up $0.72 (0.9%) to $80.67 on heavy volume. Thus far, 5.9 million shares of Phillips 66 exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $79.42-$80.67 after having opened the day at $79.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $79.95.

Phillips 66 operates as an energy manufacturing and logistics company. It operates in four segments: Midstream, Chemicals, Refining, Marketing and Specialties. Phillips 66 has a market cap of $45.4 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 3.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Phillips 66 a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Phillips 66 as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income, attractive valuation levels 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 Phillips 66 Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Anadarko Petroleum ( APC) is up $3.48 (3.3%) to $109.40 on heavy volume. Thus far, 5.0 million shares of Anadarko Petroleum exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $107.61-$110.20 after having opened the day at $109.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $105.92.

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation is engaged in the exploration, development, production, and marketing of oil and gas properties. It operates through three segments: Oil and Gas Exploration and Production; Midstream; and Marketing. Anadarko Petroleum has a market cap of $52.9 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 33.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 19 analysts who rate Anadarko Petroleum a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Anadarko Petroleum as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Anadarko Petroleum Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Valero Energy ( VLO) is up $0.44 (0.9%) to $50.37 on heavy volume. Thus far, 7.5 million shares of Valero Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $49.24-$50.52 after having opened the day at $49.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.93.

Valero Energy Corporation operates as an independent petroleum refining and marketing company in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. It operates through two segments, Refining and Ethanol. Valero Energy has a market cap of $26.7 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 0.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate Valero Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Valero Energy as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Valero Energy 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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