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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 2 points (0.0%) at 17,721 as of Thursday, March 26, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,110 issues advancing vs. 1,827 declining with 181 unchanged.

The Chemicals industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Sherwin-Williams ( SHW), down 0.7%, E I du Pont de Nemours & Company ( DD), down 0.6% and Monsanto ( MON), down 0.5%.

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

3. Westlake Chemical ( WLK) is one of the companies pushing the Chemicals industry higher today. As of noon trading, Westlake Chemical is up $1.35 (2.0%) to $68.97 on average volume. Thus far, 419,484 shares of Westlake Chemical exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 863,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $67.70-$69.84 after having opened the day at $68.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $67.62.

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Westlake Chemical Corporation manufactures and markets basic chemicals, vinyls, polymers, and fabricated building products. It operates through two segments, Olefins and Vinyls. Westlake Chemical has a market cap of $8.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 10.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Westlake Chemical a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

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

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2. As of noon trading, Potash Corp of Saskatchewan ( POT) is up $0.35 (1.1%) to $32.95 on average volume. Thus far, 2.4 million shares of Potash Corp of Saskatchewan exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.61-$33.05 after having opened the day at $32.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.60.

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Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc., together with its subsidiaries, produces and sells fertilizers and related industrial and feed products worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Potash, Nitrogen, and Phosphate. Potash Corp of Saskatchewan has a market cap of $27.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 7.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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, increase in net income, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Potash Corp of Saskatchewan Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, LyondellBasell Industries ( LYB) is up $2.19 (2.6%) to $87.59 on average volume. Thus far, 3.0 million shares of LyondellBasell Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $86.00-$88.59 after having opened the day at $86.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $85.40.

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LyondellBasell Industries N.V. operates as a manufacturer of chemicals and polymers, refiner of crude oil, producer of gasoline blending components, and developer and licensor of technologies for production of polymers. LyondellBasell Industries has a market cap of $41.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 7.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate LyondellBasell Industries a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates LyondellBasell Industries as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full LyondellBasell Industries 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 chemicals industry could consider Materials Select Sector SPDR ( XLB) while those bearish on the chemicals industry could consider ProShares Short Basic Materials Fd ( SBM).

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