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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 141 points (0.8%) at 17,782 as of Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, 1:00 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,774 issues advancing vs. 1,262 declining with 132 unchanged.

The Basic Materials sector currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Teck Resources ( TCK), down 5.4%, Freeport-McMoRan ( FCX), down 4.7%, Western Gas Equity Partners ( WGP), down 4.7%, Southern Copper ( SCCO), down 3.7% and Marathon Petroleum ( MPC), down 2.8%. Top gainers within the sector include Ecopetrol ( EC), up 1.4%, Suncor Energy ( SU), up 2.0%, PetroChina ( PTR), up 2.2%, China Petroleum & Chemical ( SNP), up 2.1% and Statoil ASA ( STO), up 1.9%.

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

3. Goldcorp ( GG) is one of the companies pushing the Basic Materials sector lower today. As of noon trading, Goldcorp is down $0.55 (-2.6%) to $20.86 on heavy volume. Thus far, 10.7 million shares of Goldcorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.61-$21.99 after having opened the day at $21.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.41.

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Goldcorp Inc. is engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development, and operation of precious metal properties in Canada, the United States, Mexico, and Central and South America. Goldcorp has a market cap of $16.9 billion and is part of the metals & mining industry. Shares are up 15.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Goldcorp a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Goldcorp as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, weak operating cash flow and feeble growth in its earnings per share. Get the full Goldcorp Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Alcoa ( AA) is down $0.29 (-1.8%) to $15.88 on heavy volume. Thus far, 24.5 million shares of Alcoa exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 17.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $15.75-$16.53 after having opened the day at $16.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.17.

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Alcoa Inc. produces and manages primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum, and alumina. The company operates in four segments: Alumina, Primary Metals, Global Rolled Products, and Engineered Products and Solutions. Alcoa has a market cap of $19.0 billion and is part of the metals & mining industry. Shares are up 2.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Alcoa a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Alcoa as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Alcoa Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Valero Energy ( VLO) is down $0.91 (-1.9%) to $46.46 on average volume. Thus far, 4.9 million shares of Valero Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.29-$48.53 after having opened the day at $48.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.37.

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Valero Energy Corporation operates as an independent petroleum refining and marketing company in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. It operates through two segments, Refining and Ethanol. Valero Energy has a market cap of $25.4 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 4.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Valero Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Valero Energy as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Valero 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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