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3 Chemicals Stocks Driving The Industry Higher

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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 10 points (-0.1%) at 16,415 as of Thursday, April 17, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,581 issues advancing vs. 1,369 declining with 186 unchanged.

The Chemicals industry currently sits up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

3. Williams Partners ( WPZ) is one of the companies pushing the Chemicals industry higher today. As of noon trading, Williams Partners is up $0.64 (1.3%) to $51.29 on light volume. Thus far, 163,612 shares of Williams Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 684,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $50.51-$51.29 after having opened the day at $50.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.65.

Williams Partners L.P., an energy infrastructure company, focuses on connecting North America's hydrocarbon resource plays to growing markets for natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGL). It operates in Northeast G&P, Atlantic-Gulf, West, and NGL & Petchem Services segments. Williams Partners has a market cap of $22.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 0.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Williams Partners a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Williams Partners as a buy. Among the primary strengths of the company is its expanding profit margins over time. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Williams Partners Ratings Report now.

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