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.
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