All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 86 points (-0.5%) at 18,509 as of Thursday, July 21, 2016, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,295 issues advancing vs. 1,607 declining with 160 unchanged.

The Basic Materials sector currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Kinder Morgan ( KMI), down 4.0%, Nucor ( NUE), down 2.8%, Energy Transfer Equity ( ETE), down 2.2%, PPG Industries ( PPG), down 2.0% and Hess ( HES), down 1.5%. Top gainers within the sector include Encana ( ECA), up 8.2%, Gold Fields ( GFI), up 6.5%, Anglogold Ashanti ( AU), up 5.8%, Companhia Siderurgica Nacional ( SID), up 5.0% and Teck Resources ( TCK), up 4.2%.

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

3. Albemarle ( ALB) is one of the companies pushing the Basic Materials sector lower today. As of noon trading, Albemarle is down $2.36 (-2.7%) to $84.26 on light volume. Thus far, 613,121 shares of Albemarle exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $83.85-$86.60 after having opened the day at $86.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $86.62.

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Albemarle Corporation develops, manufactures, and markets engineered specialty chemicals worldwide. Albemarle has a market cap of $9.6 billion and is part of the chemicals industry. Shares are up 54.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that 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 solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Albemarle Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Air Products & Chemicals ( APD) is down $1.21 (-0.8%) to $148.14 on light volume. Thus far, 213,202 shares of Air Products & Chemicals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $148.04-$149.50 after having opened the day at $149.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $149.35.

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Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. provides atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, electronics and performance materials, equipment, and services worldwide. Air Products & Chemicals has a market cap of $32.3 billion and is part of the chemicals industry. Shares are up 14.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Air Products & Chemicals a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Air Products & Chemicals 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, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Air Products & Chemicals Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Sherwin-Williams ( SHW) is down $21.92 (-7.0%) to $290.18 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of Sherwin-Williams exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 649,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $290.00-$300.00 after having opened the day at $298.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $312.10.

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The Sherwin-Williams Company develops, manufactures, distributes, and sells paints, coatings, and related products to professional, industrial, commercial, and retail customers primarily in North and South America, the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia. Sherwin-Williams has a market cap of $28.6 billion and is part of the chemicals industry. Shares are up 20.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Sherwin-Williams a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sherwin-Williams as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. 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 Sherwin-Williams 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).