Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 13 points (0.1%) at 17,825 as of Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,660 issues advancing vs. 1,252 declining with 187 unchanged.

The Basic Materials sector currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR.A), down 6.0%, Ultrapar Participacoes ( UGP), down 4.2%, ArcelorMittal ( MT), down 3.9%, Vale ( VALE), down 1.7% and Statoil ASA ( STO), down 1.4%.

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

3. PPG Industries ( PPG) is one of the companies pushing the Basic Materials sector higher today. As of noon trading, PPG Industries is up $0.81 (0.8%) to $106.30 on light volume. Thus far, 326,058 shares of PPG Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $105.38-$106.56 after having opened the day at $105.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $105.49.

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PPG Industries, Inc. manufactures and distributes coatings, specialty materials, and glass products. PPG Industries has a market cap of $28.4 billion and is part of the chemicals industry. Shares are down 8.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 12 analysts who rate PPG Industries a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PPG Industries as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full PPG Industries Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Marathon Petroleum ( MPC) is up $0.73 (1.3%) to $57.92 on light volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Marathon Petroleum exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $57.08-$58.04 after having opened the day at $57.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.19.

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Marathon Petroleum Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in refining, marketing, retailing, and transporting 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 $30.1 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 26.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Marathon Petroleum a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Marathon Petroleum Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Alcoa ( AA) is up $0.28 (3.0%) to $9.36 on light volume. Thus far, 10.0 million shares of Alcoa exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 32.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $9.03-$9.39 after having opened the day at $9.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.09.

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Alcoa Inc. produces and manages primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum, and alumina worldwide. The company operates through four segments: Alumina, Primary Metals, Global Rolled Products, and Engineered Products and Solutions. Alcoa has a market cap of $11.9 billion and is part of the metals & mining industry. Shares are down 42.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Alcoa a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Alcoa as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Alcoa 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).