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Kraton Performance Polymers Inc (KRA): Today's Featured Chemicals Winner

Kraton Performance Polymers Inc (KRA) pushed the Chemicals industry higher today making it today's featured chemicals winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.9%. By the end of trading, Kraton Performance Polymers Inc rose 15 cents (0.8%) to $19.65 on light volume. Throughout the day, 308,713 shares of Kraton Performance Polymers Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 545,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $19-$19.93 after having opened the day at $19.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.50. Other companies within the Chemicals industry that increased today were: Solazyme Inc (SZYM), up 12.2%, Verenium Corporation (VRNM), up 11.3%, Synthesis Energy Sys Inc (SYMX), up 5.8%, and Pacific Ethanol Inc (PEIX), up 4.5%.

Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc., through its subsidiary, Kraton Polymers LLC, engages in the development, production, and marketing of styrenic block copolymers (SBCs) and non-SBC products worldwide. The company offers approximately 250 core commercial grades of SBCs. Kraton Performance Polymers Inc has a market cap of $649.2 million and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.5, equal to the average chemicals industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 34.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kraton Performance Polymers as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its weak operating cash flow, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins.

On the negative front, TPC Group Inc (TPCG), down 5.3%, Omnova Solutions Inc (OMN), down 5.3%, Ferro (FOE), down 5.1%, and OM Group Inc (OMG), down 4.5%, were all losers within the chemicals industry with E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company (DD) being today's chemicals industry loser.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, 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).

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