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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 17 points (-0.1%) at 18,003 as of Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, 12:10 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,300 issues advancing vs. 1,708 declining with 156 unchanged.

The Basic Materials sector currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Enbridge ( ENB), up 2.1%, Cheniere Energy ( LNG), up 2.3%, Freeport-McMoRan ( FCX), up 1.5%, TransCanada ( TRP), up 1.2% and National Oilwell Varco ( NOV), up 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Helix Energy Solutions Group ( HLX), down 14.7%, Ecopetrol ( EC), down 3.6%, Cenovus Energy ( CVE), down 3.7%, Vale ( VALE), down 2.2% and Goldcorp ( GG), down 2.1%.

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

3. Potash Corp of Saskatchewan ( POT) is one of the companies pushing the Basic Materials sector higher today. As of noon trading, Potash Corp of Saskatchewan is up $0.22 (0.6%) to $37.26 on light volume. Thus far, 880,546 shares of Potash Corp of Saskatchewan exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $36.92-$37.35 after having opened the day at $37.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.04.

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Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc., together with its subsidiaries, produces and sells fertilizers and related industrial and feed products worldwide. It mines and produces potash, which is primarily used as fertilizer. Potash Corp of Saskatchewan has a market cap of $30.7 billion and is part of the chemicals industry. Shares are up 4.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Potash Corp of Saskatchewan a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Potash Corp of Saskatchewan as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Potash Corp of Saskatchewan Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Continental Resources ( CLR) is up $0.50 (1.1%) to $47.86 on average volume. Thus far, 2.3 million shares of Continental Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.43-$48.09 after having opened the day at $46.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.36.

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Continental Resources, Inc. is engaged in the exploration, development, and production of crude oil and natural gas properties in the north, south, and east regions of the United States. Continental Resources has a market cap of $17.6 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 23.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate Continental Resources a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Continental Resources as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Continental Resources Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Tesoro ( TSO) is up $1.61 (2.0%) to $83.53 on light volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Tesoro exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $80.95-$83.63 after having opened the day at $81.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $81.92.

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Tesoro Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, is engaged in refining and marketing petroleum products in the United States. It operates in two segments, Refining and Retail. Tesoro has a market cap of $10.3 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 10.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Tesoro a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Tesoro as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Tesoro 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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