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Chemtura Corporation (CHMT): Today's Featured Chemicals Winner

Chemtura Corporation (CHMT) pushed the Chemicals industry higher today making it today's featured chemicals winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.8%. By the end of trading, Chemtura Corporation rose 21 cents (2%) to $10.71 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1.7 million shares of Chemtura Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 901,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $10.33-$10.96 after having opened the day at $10.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.50. Other companies within the Chemicals industry that increased today were: Pure Bioscience (PURE), up 9.1%, Aceto Corporation (ACET), up 3.7%, KMG Chemicals (KMGB), up 3.4%, and Senomyx (SNMX), up 3.3%.

Chemtura Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of specialty chemical solutions and consumer products worldwide. Chemtura Corporation has a market cap of $1.08 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 29.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Chemtura Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and two rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chemtura Corporation as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its poor profit margins and unimpressive growth in net income.

On the negative front, Cereplast (CERP), down 10%, Pacific Ethanol (PEIX), down 7.8%, Gulf Resources (GURE), down 7.6%, and Flotek Industries (FTK), down 7.1%, were all losers within the chemicals industry with CF Industries Holdings (CF) 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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