TRP, EPD And SDRL, 3 Basic Materials Stocks Pushing The Sector Lower

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 22 points (0.1%) at 17,010 as of Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 891 issues advancing vs. 2,107 declining with 158 unchanged.

The Basic Materials sector currently sits down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include China Petroleum & Chemical ( SNP), down 6.2%, Alcoa ( AA), down 2.3%, POSCO ( PKX), down 1.3% and PetroChina ( PTR), down 1.0%.

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

3. TransCanada ( TRP) is one of the companies pushing the Basic Materials sector lower today. As of noon trading, TransCanada is down $0.66 (-1.2%) to $53.02 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of TransCanada exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 902,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $51.63-$53.08 after having opened the day at $52.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.68.

TransCanada Corporation operates as an energy infrastructure company in North America. The company operates in three segments: Natural Gas Pipelines, Oil Pipelines, and Energy. TransCanada has a market cap of $38.5 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 17.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate TransCanada a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates TransCanada 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, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full TransCanada Ratings Report now.

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