All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 192 points (-1.2%) at 16,087 as of Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 732 issues advancing vs. 2,239 declining with 161 unchanged.

The Basic Materials sector currently sits down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.8%. Top gainers within the sector include Worthington Industries ( WOR), up 12.9%, Agnico Eagle Mines ( AEM), up 10.2%, Eldorado Gold ( EGO), up 8.3%, Barrick Gold ( ABX), up 7.7% and Gerdau ( GGB), up 6.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Western Gas Equity Partners ( WGP), down 7.4%, Targa Resources ( TRGP), down 7.1%, YPF Sociedad Anonima ( YPF), down 6.2%, Energy Transfer Equity ( ETE), down 5.7% and EQT Midstream Partners ( EQM), down 5.6%.

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

3. Franco-Nevada ( FNV) is one of the companies pushing the Basic Materials sector higher today. As of noon trading, Franco-Nevada is up $1.63 (3.8%) to $44.15 on average volume. Thus far, 507,528 shares of Franco-Nevada exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $42.87-$44.55 after having opened the day at $43.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.52.

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Franco-Nevada Corporation operates as a gold-focused royalty and stream company in the United States, Canada, Latin America, and internationally. Franco-Nevada has a market cap of $7.1 billion and is part of the metals & mining industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 87.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 24.4. Shares are down 13.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Franco-Nevada a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Franco-Nevada as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and premium valuation. Get the full Franco-Nevada Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Silver Wheaton ( SLW) is up $0.71 (6.1%) to $12.28 on average volume. Thus far, 2.8 million shares of Silver Wheaton exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $11.70-$12.30 after having opened the day at $11.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.57.

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Silver Wheaton Corp. operates as a precious metals streaming company worldwide. The company has 18 long-term purchase agreements and 1 early deposit long-term purchase agreement associated with silver and gold relating to 27 various mining assets. Silver Wheaton has a market cap of $4.8 billion and is part of the metals & mining industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 24.4. Shares are down 43.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 12 analysts who rate Silver Wheaton a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Silver Wheaton as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Silver Wheaton Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Suncor Energy ( SU) is up $0.19 (0.7%) to $25.76 on average volume. Thus far, 2.5 million shares of Suncor Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $25.35-$25.89 after having opened the day at $25.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.57.

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Suncor Energy Inc. operates as an integrated energy company. Suncor Energy has a market cap of $37.6 billion and is part of the energy industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 34.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 24.4. Shares are down 19.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Suncor Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Suncor Energy as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Suncor 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).