All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 70 points (0.4%) at 17,673 as of Wednesday, April 6, 2016, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,112 issues advancing vs. 808 declining with 153 unchanged.

The Chemicals industry currently sits up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.6%. Top gainers within the industry include Celanese ( CE), up 1.4%, Potash Corp of Saskatchewan ( POT), up 1.1% and LyondellBasell Industries ( LYB), up 0.9%.

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

3. Agrium ( AGU) is one of the companies pushing the Chemicals industry higher today. As of noon trading, Agrium is up $0.73 (0.8%) to $86.43 on light volume. Thus far, 301,067 shares of Agrium exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $84.56-$86.53 after having opened the day at $85.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $85.70.

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Agrium Inc. produces, markets, and distributes crop nutrients, crop protection products, seeds, and merchandise products primarily in the United States, Canada, Australia, and South America. It operates in two segments, Retail and Wholesale. Agrium has a market cap of $12.0 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 4.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Agrium a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Agrium as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, reasonable valuation levels, 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 Agrium Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Albemarle ( ALB) is up $1.04 (1.6%) to $65.54 on light volume. Thus far, 397,830 shares of Albemarle exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $63.73-$65.55 after having opened the day at $64.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.50.

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Albemarle Corporation develops, manufactures, and markets engineered specialty chemicals worldwide. Albemarle has a market cap of $7.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 15.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 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, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Albemarle Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Monsanto ( MON) is up $0.84 (1.0%) to $86.94 on average volume. Thus far, 1.9 million shares of Monsanto exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $84.79-$87.26 after having opened the day at $85.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $86.10.

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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 $38.4 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 12.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Monsanto a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 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, feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and deteriorating net income. 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).