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. Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 78.22 points (-0.4%) at 17,774 as of Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, 3:25 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,227 issues advancing vs. 1,763 declining with 144 unchanged. The Basic Materials sector as a whole closed the day up 2.7% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.2%. Top gainers within the Basic Materials sector included Atlatsa Resources ( ATL), up 5.9%, Minco Gold ( MGH), up 3.6%, Alderon Iron Ore ( AXX), up 3.2%, Quest Rare Minerals ( QRM), up 4.0% and Entree Gold ( EGI), up 11.4%. TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the sector higher today: Quest Rare Minerals ( QRM) is one of the companies that pushed the Basic Materials sector higher today. Quest Rare Minerals was up $0.00 (4.0%) to $0.13 on light volume. Throughout the day, 46,259 shares of Quest Rare Minerals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 98,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.11-$0.13 after having opened the day at $0.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.12. Quest Rare Minerals has a market cap of $9.7 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 73.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.