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E.I. Du Pont De Nemours & Company (DD): Today's Featured Basic Materials Laggard

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E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company (DD) pushed the Basic Materials sector lower today making it today's featured Basic Materials laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.8%. By the end of trading, E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company fell 75 cents (-1.7%) to $42.39 on average volume. Throughout the day, seven million shares of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.2 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $42.26-$43.58 after having opened the day at $43.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.14. Other companies within the Basic Materials sector that declined today were: Cardero Resources Corporation (CDY), down 12.1%, BMB Munai (BMBM), down 11.8%, TransAtlantic Petroleum (TAT), down 10.5%, and Ivanhoe Energy (IVAN), down 9.6%.

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E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company operates as a science and technology based company worldwide. Its Agriculture segment provides hybrid corn and soybean seeds, and grains under the Pioneer brand name; and herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides. E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company has a market cap of $40.6 billion and is part of the chemicals industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 4.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and eight rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company as a buy. Among the primary strengths of the company is its respectable return on equity which we feel is likely to continue. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, Gulf Resources (GURE), up 20.2%, Lightbridge (LTBR), up 16.4%, Longwei Petroleum Investment Holding Limite (LPH), up 13%, and USEC (USU), up 10.8%, were all gainers within the basic materials sector with Whiting Petroleum Corporation (WLL) being today's featured basic materials sector leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, 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).

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