Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 52 points (-0.3%) at 18,381 as of Monday, Aug. 1, 2016, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,146 issues advancing vs. 1,771 declining with 163 unchanged.

The Chemicals industry currently sits down 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Williams Partners ( WPZ), down 3.4%, Celanese ( CE), down 2.0%, LyondellBasell Industries ( LYB), down 0.8% and Praxair ( PX), down 0.8%.

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

3. Air Products & Chemicals ( APD) is one of the companies pushing the Chemicals industry lower today. As of noon trading, Air Products & Chemicals is down $1.13 (-0.8%) to $148.29 on average volume. Thus far, 388,238 shares of Air Products & Chemicals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $147.12-$149.33 after having opened the day at $147.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $149.42.

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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 $32.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 14.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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, growth in earnings per share, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Air Products & Chemicals Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Sherwin-Williams ( SHW) is down $1.99 (-0.7%) to $297.74 on light volume. Thus far, 235,457 shares of Sherwin-Williams exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 686,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $296.00-$299.84 after having opened the day at $296.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $299.73.

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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 $27.5 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 15.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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, good cash flow from operations, 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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1. As of noon trading, Monsanto ( MON) is down $1.08 (-1.0%) to $105.69 on light volume. Thus far, 863,148 shares of Monsanto exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $105.43-$107.02 after having opened the day at $106.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $106.77.

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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 $46.4 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 8.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Monsanto a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Monsanto as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. 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).