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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 34 points (-0.2%) at 18,106 as of Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, 12:10 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,298 issues advancing vs. 1,669 declining with 161 unchanged.

The Basic Materials sector currently sits down 1.0% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Valero Energy ( VLO), up 2.5%, Phillips 66 ( PSX), up 1.3% and CF Industries Holdings ( CF), up 1.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Tenaris ( TS), down 3.6%, Pioneer Natural Resources ( PXD), down 2.4%, Canadian Natural Resources ( CNQ), down 1.8%, ArcelorMittal ( MT), down 1.9% and Statoil ASA ( STO), down 2.0%.

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

3. E I du Pont de Nemours & Company ( DD) is one of the companies pushing the Basic Materials sector higher today. As of noon trading, E I du Pont de Nemours & Company is up $0.58 (0.8%) to $77.25 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of E I du Pont de Nemours & Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $76.26-$77.30 after having opened the day at $76.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $76.67.

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E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company operates as a science and technology based company worldwide. The company's Agriculture segment offers corn hybrid, soybean, canola, sunflower, sorghum, inoculants, seed products, wheat, rice, herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides. E I du Pont de Nemours & Company has a market cap of $68.9 billion and is part of the chemicals industry. Shares are up 3.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate E I du Pont de Nemours & Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates E I du Pont de Nemours & Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full E I du Pont de Nemours & Company Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Tesoro ( TSO) is up $2.32 (2.6%) to $92.90 on average volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Tesoro exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $90.42-$93.45 after having opened the day at $90.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $90.58.

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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 $11.4 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 21.8% 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, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. 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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1. As of noon trading, Marathon Petroleum ( MPC) is up $1.81 (1.7%) to $107.38 on light volume. Thus far, 677,288 shares of Marathon Petroleum exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $105.15-$107.85 after having opened the day at $105.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $105.57.

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Marathon Petroleum Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, is engaged in refining, transporting, and marketing petroleum products primarily in the United States. It operates through three segments: Refining & Marketing, Speedway, and Pipeline Transportation. Marathon Petroleum has a market cap of $29.6 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 17.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Marathon Petroleum a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Marathon Petroleum 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, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Marathon Petroleum 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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