All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 28 points (-0.2%) at 16,426 as of Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,380 issues advancing vs. 1,516 declining with 148 unchanged.

The Chemicals industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. A company within the industry that fell today was Williams Partners ( WPZ), up 1.8%.

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

3. Albemarle ( ALB) is one of the companies pushing the Chemicals industry higher today. As of noon trading, Albemarle is up $1.12 (2.1%) to $53.89 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Albemarle exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $50.95-$55.60 after having opened the day at $51.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.77.

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Albemarle Corporation develops, manufactures, and markets engineered specialty chemicals worldwide. Albemarle has a market cap of $5.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 5.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Albemarle a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Albemarle as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Albemarle Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, CF Industries Holdings ( CF) is up $1.69 (5.3%) to $33.39 on heavy volume. Thus far, 3.2 million shares of CF Industries Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.73-$34.15 after having opened the day at $33.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.70.

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CF Industries Holdings, Inc. manufactures and distributes nitrogen fertilizers and other nitrogen products worldwide. The company's principal nitrogen fertilizer products include ammonia, granular urea, and urea ammonium nitrate solution. CF Industries Holdings has a market cap of $7.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 22.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate CF Industries Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CF Industries Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow. Get the full CF Industries Holdings Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Monsanto ( MON) is up $0.56 (0.6%) to $90.20 on light volume. Thus far, 585,254 shares of Monsanto exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $89.42-$90.93 after having opened the day at $89.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $89.64.

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Monsanto Company, together with its subsidiaries, provides agricultural products for farmers worldwide. It operates in two segments, Seeds and Genomics, and Agricultural Productivity. Monsanto has a market cap of $38.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 9.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Monsanto a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Monsanto as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and generally higher debt management risk. Get the full Monsanto 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).