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. 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%. 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%. TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the sector lower today: 3. Total ( TOT) is one of the companies pushing the Basic Materials sector lower today. As of noon trading, Total is down $0.53 (-0.8%) to $64.89 on heavy volume. Thus far, 802,778 shares of Total exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $64.71-$65.10 after having opened the day at $64.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $65.42. TOTAL S.A., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an oil and gas company worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Upstream, Refining & Chemicals, and Marketing & Services. Total has a market cap of $153.3 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 6.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Total a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold. TheStreet Ratings rates Total as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Total 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.