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

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E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company ( DD) pushed the Chemicals industry lower today making it today's featured Chemicals laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.8%. By the end of trading, E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company fell $1.21 (-2.0%) to $57.78 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,737,099 shares of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,535,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $57.72-$58.88 after having opened the day at $58.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.99. Other companies within the Chemicals industry that declined today were: BioFuel Energy Corporation ( BIOF), down 6.1%, Marrone Bio Innovations ( MBII), down 5.4%, Methes Energies International ( MEIL), down 5.1% and Innospec ( IOSP), down 3.7%.

E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company operates as a science and technology based company worldwide. Its Agriculture segment provides corn hybrid, soybean, canola, sunflower, sorghum, inoculants, wheat, and rice seed products under the Pioneer brand; and herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides. E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company has a market cap of $54.8 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 31.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, BioAmber ( BIOA), up 11.7%, Ikonics Corporation ( IKNX), up 5.0%, China Green Agriculture ( CGA), up 4.0% and American Vanguard Corporation ( AVD), up 1.7% , were all gainers within the chemicals industry with Huntsman Corporation ( HUN) being today's featured chemicals industry leader.

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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