All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 130 points (0.7%) at 18,277 as of Monday, July 11, 2016, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,173 issues advancing vs. 757 declining with 136 unchanged.

The Basic Materials sector currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.6%. Top gainers within the sector include ArcelorMittal ( MT), up 3.6%, Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR.A), up 3.0%, POSCO ( PKX), up 2.3%, China Petroleum & Chemical ( SNP), up 2.0% and Total ( TOT), up 1.6%.

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

3. Continental Resources ( CLR) is one of the companies pushing the Basic Materials sector lower today. As of noon trading, Continental Resources is down $0.68 (-1.6%) to $43.02 on light volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Continental Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $43.00-$44.63 after having opened the day at $44.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.70.

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Continental Resources, Inc. explores for, 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 $16.0 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 90.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Continental Resources a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 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 generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and feeble growth in its earnings per share. Get the full Continental Resources Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Newmont Mining ( NEM) is down $0.44 (-1.1%) to $40.70 on light volume. Thus far, 3.1 million shares of Newmont Mining exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $40.45-$41.06 after having opened the day at $40.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.14.

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Newmont Mining Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates in the mining industry. It primarily acquires, develops, explores for, and produces gold, silver, and copper. Newmont Mining has a market cap of $21.7 billion and is part of the metals & mining industry. Shares are up 128.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Newmont Mining a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Newmont Mining as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow, disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full Newmont Mining Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Barrick Gold ( ABX) is down $0.31 (-1.4%) to $22.01 on average volume. Thus far, 11.7 million shares of Barrick Gold exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 19.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $21.90-$22.20 after having opened the day at $21.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.32.

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Barrick Gold Corporation produces and sells gold and copper. The company is also involved in exploration and mine development activities. Barrick Gold has a market cap of $26.0 billion and is part of the metals & mining industry. Shares are up 202.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Barrick Gold a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

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