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. All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 7 points (0.0%) at 16,563 as of Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,349 issues advancing vs. 1,605 declining with 179 unchanged. The Basic Materials sector currently sits down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Barrick Gold ( ABX), up 2.4%, and Goldcorp ( GG), up 1.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Kinder Morgan Energy Partners ( KMP), down 2.3%, Statoil ASA ( STO), down 2.2%, Kinder Morgan ( KMI), down 2.0%, Devon Energy ( DVN), down 1.7% and Continental Resources ( CLR), down 1.7%. TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the sector higher today: 3. Southern Copper ( SCCO) is one of the companies pushing the Basic Materials sector higher today. As of noon trading, Southern Copper is up $0.42 (1.3%) to $32.50 on light volume. Thus far, 472,388 shares of Southern Copper exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $31.84-$32.54 after having opened the day at $32.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.08. Southern Copper Corporation is engaged in the mining, exploring, smelting, and refining copper and other minerals in Peru, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, and Ecuador. Southern Copper has a market cap of $26.6 billion and is part of the metals & mining industry. Shares are up 11.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Southern Copper a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold. TheStreet Ratings rates Southern Copper 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 feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and deteriorating net income. Get the full Southern Copper 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.