All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 111 points (0.7%) at 16,099 as of Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,512 issues advancing vs. 1,492 declining with 135 unchanged.

The Basic Materials sector currently sits down 2.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Energy Transfer Equity ( ETE), down 7.7%, Newmont Mining ( NEM), down 7.4%, Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR), down 5.8%, Barrick Gold ( ABX), down 5.3% and Goldcorp ( GG), down 5.2%. Top gainers within the sector include ArcelorMittal ( MT), up 6.6%, Israel Chemicals ( ICL), up 6.1%, POSCO ( PKX), up 4.2%, Total ( TOT), up 2.0% and Statoil ASA ( STO), up 1.9%.

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

3. Suncor Energy ( SU) is one of the companies pushing the Basic Materials sector lower today. As of noon trading, Suncor Energy is down $0.94 (-4.4%) to $20.55 on heavy volume. Thus far, 3.5 million shares of Suncor Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.53-$21.25 after having opened the day at $20.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.49.

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Suncor Energy Inc. operates as an integrated energy company. Suncor Energy has a market cap of $32.6 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 16.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Suncor Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Suncor Energy as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid financial position based on a variety of debt and liquidity measures that we have evaluated. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and deteriorating net income. Get the full Suncor Energy Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Continental Resources ( CLR) is down $1.65 (-8.3%) to $18.22 on average volume. Thus far, 3.9 million shares of Continental Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $18.02-$20.21 after having opened the day at $20.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.87.

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Continental Resources, Inc. explores, develops, and produces crude oil and natural gas properties in the north, south, and east regions of the United States. Continental Resources has a market cap of $7.6 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 13.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Continental Resources a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Continental Resources as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Get the full Continental Resources Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Apache Corporation ( APA) is down $0.92 (-2.6%) to $34.41 on average volume. Thus far, 2.4 million shares of Apache Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.90-$35.69 after having opened the day at $35.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.33.

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Apache Corporation, an independent energy company, explores, develops, and produces natural gas, crude oil, and natural gas liquids. Apache Corporation has a market cap of $14.0 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 20.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Apache Corporation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Apache Corporation as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share. Get the full Apache Corporation 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).