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 up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 84 points (0.5%) at 17,140 as of Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,536 issues advancing vs. 1,417 declining with 186 unchanged. The Basic Materials sector currently sits down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.4%. Top gainers within the sector include China Petroleum & Chemical ( SNP), up 3.2%, PetroChina ( PTR), up 2.8%, Total ( TOT), up 2.3%, Energy Transfer Equity ( ETE), up 1.5% and Occidental Petroleum ( OXY), up 0.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Halliburton ( HAL), down 2.0%, Enbridge ( ENB), down 1.7%, Suncor Energy ( SU), down 1.6%, Chevron ( CVX), down 1.5% and Ecopetrol ( EC), down 1.4%. TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the sector higher today: 3. Vale ( VALE) is one of the companies pushing the Basic Materials sector higher today. As of noon trading, Vale is up $0.19 (1.6%) to $11.61 on average volume. Thus far, 9.9 million shares of Vale exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 19.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $11.47-$11.63 after having opened the day at $11.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.42. STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. Vale S.A. is engaged in the research, production, and sale of iron ore and pellets, nickel, fertilizer, copper, coal, manganese, ferroalloys, cobalt, platinum group metals, and precious metals. Vale has a market cap of $59.0 billion and is part of the metals & mining industry. Shares are down 25.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Vale a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold. TheStreet Ratings rates Vale as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Vale 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.