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. One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 8 points (0.0%) at 17,140 as of Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,738 issues advancing vs. 1,242 declining with 174 unchanged. The Basic Materials sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the sector include Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR), up 1.7%, PetroChina ( PTR), up 1.7%, Tenaris ( TS), up 1.4%, Continental Resources ( CLR), up 1.3% and Dow Chemical ( DOW), up 1.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Sunoco Logistics Partners ( SXL), down 5.0%, National Oilwell Varco ( NOV), down 1.7%, Halliburton ( HAL), down 1.6%, Valero Energy ( VLO), down 1.5% and Marathon Petroleum ( MPC), down 1.5%. TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the sector higher today: 3. Nucor ( NUE) is one of the companies pushing the Basic Materials sector higher today. As of noon trading, Nucor is up $2.43 (4.4%) to $58.05 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.8 million shares of Nucor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $57.25-$58.76 after having opened the day at $57.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.62. STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. Nucor Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells steel and steel products in North America and internationally. It operates through three segments: Steel Mills, Steel Products, and Raw Materials. Nucor has a market cap of $17.6 billion and is part of the metals & mining industry. Shares are up 4.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Nucor a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold. TheStreet Ratings rates Nucor as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Nucor Ratings Report now. STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.