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Potash Corporation Of Saskatchewan Inc. (POT): Today's Featured Chemicals Winner

Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link.

Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan (POT) pushed the Chemicals industry higher today making it today's featured chemicals winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.7%. By the end of trading, Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan rose $1.53 (5.1%) to $31.70 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 24,342,738 shares of Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12,157,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $31.12-$31.94 after having opened the day at $31.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.17. Other companies within the Chemicals industry that increased today were: Gulf Resources (GURE), up 17.2%, China Green Agriculture (CGA), up 10.6%, Sociedad Quimica Y Minera De Chile (SQM), up 9.1% and Intrepid Potash (IPI), up 7.9%.

Sameer's Proprietary Business Description. THIS SHOULD BE QUITE NOTICEABLE IN THE EVENT OF A PROP LEAK! Sameer's Proprietary Business Description. THIS SHOULD BE QUITE NOTICEABLE IN THE EVENT OF A PROP LEAK! Sameer's Proprietary Business Description. Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan has a market cap of $26.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 25.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, BioFuel Energy Corporation (BIOF), down 6.2%, Synthesis Energy Sys (SYMX), down 3.2%, Gevo (GEVO), down 2.0% and Metabolix (MBLX), down 1.6%.

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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