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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 39 points (0.2%) at 17,686 as of Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,967 issues advancing vs. 1,008 declining with 165 unchanged.

The Basic Materials sector currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.4%. Top gainers within the sector include Potash Corp of Saskatchewan ( POT), up 5.8%, Barrick Gold ( ABX), up 3.7%, Agrium ( AGU), up 3.4%, Energy Transfer Equity ( ETE), up 2.8% and Air Products & Chemicals ( APD), up 2.1%.

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

3. PetroChina ( PTR) is one of the companies pushing the Basic Materials sector lower today. As of noon trading, PetroChina is down $1.73 (-1.5%) to $110.29 on average volume. Thus far, 58,190 shares of PetroChina exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 142,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $109.78-$110.65 after having opened the day at $110.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $112.02.

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PetroChina Company Limited produces and sells oil and gas in the People's Republic of China. The company operates in four segments: Exploration and Production, Refining and Chemicals, Marketing, and Natural Gas and Pipeline. PetroChina has a market cap of $209.0 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 2.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate PetroChina a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PetroChina 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 notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full PetroChina Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR.A) is down $0.26 (-2.8%) to $9.38 on average volume. Thus far, 9.0 million shares of Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 16.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $9.24-$9.67 after having opened the day at $9.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.64.

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Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. - Petrobras operates as an integrated oil and gas company in Brazil and internationally. Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras has a market cap of $66.7 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 34.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Chesapeake Energy ( CHK) is down $0.50 (-2.2%) to $22.88 on light volume. Thus far, 3.9 million shares of Chesapeake Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $22.73-$23.48 after having opened the day at $23.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.38.

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Chesapeake Energy Corporation is engaged in the acquisition, exploration, and development of properties for the production of natural gas, oil, and natural gas liquids (NGL) from underground reservoirs in the United States. Chesapeake Energy has a market cap of $15.4 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 13.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Chesapeake Energy a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chesapeake Energy as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, reasonable valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Chesapeake Energy Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 stocks, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the basic materials sector could consider Materials Select Sector SPDR ( XLB) while those bearish on the basic materials sector could consider ProShares Short Basic Materials Fd ( SBM).

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