All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 89 points (0.5%) at 17,572 as of Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,707 issues advancing vs. 1,176 declining with 187 unchanged.

The Basic Materials sector currently sits down 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.6%. Top gainers within the sector include Braskem ( BAK), up 7.0%, CF Industries Holdings ( CF), up 3.3%, Williams Companies ( WMB), up 2.1%, Energy Transfer Equity ( ETE), up 1.5% and Marathon Petroleum ( MPC), up 1.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Barrick Gold ( ABX), down 4.8%, Goldcorp ( GG), down 4.6%, EnLink Midstream Partners ( ENLK), down 3.9%, Ecopetrol ( EC), down 3.8% and Cabot Oil & Gas ( COG), down 3.6%.

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

3. LyondellBasell Industries ( LYB) is one of the companies pushing the Basic Materials sector higher today. As of noon trading, LyondellBasell Industries is up $0.68 (0.7%) to $95.10 on light volume. Thus far, 941,787 shares of LyondellBasell Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $93.00-$95.27 after having opened the day at $94.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $94.42.

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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 $41.2 billion and is part of the chemicals industry. Shares are up 18.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate LyondellBasell Industries a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 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 notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share, solid stock price performance and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full LyondellBasell Industries Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Valero Energy ( VLO) is up $0.37 (0.5%) to $70.04 on light volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Valero Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $69.31-$70.39 after having opened the day at $69.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $69.67.

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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 $33.2 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 40.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate Valero Energy a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 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 solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Valero Energy Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Dow Chemical ( DOW) is up $0.40 (0.8%) to $52.06 on light volume. Thus far, 2.3 million shares of Dow Chemical exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $51.33-$52.21 after having opened the day at $51.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.65.

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The Dow Chemical Company manufactures and supplies products that are used primarily as raw materials in the manufacture of customer products and services worldwide. Dow Chemical has a market cap of $59.3 billion and is part of the chemicals industry. Shares are up 13.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Dow Chemical a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

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