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Air Products & Chemicals



) pushed the Chemicals industry lower today making it today's featured Chemicals laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Air Products & Chemicals fell $1.45 (-1.3%) to $109.72 on light volume. Throughout the day, 666,271 shares of Air Products & Chemicals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,089,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $109.51-$111.61 after having opened the day at $111.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $111.17. Other companies within the Chemicals industry that declined today were:

BioFuel Energy Corporation



), down 6.2%,

Rentech Nitrogen Partners



), down 5.2%,




), down 4.9% and

American Pacific Corporation



), down 4.5%.

Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. provides atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance materials, equipment, and services worldwide. Air Products & Chemicals has a market cap of $23.0 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 32.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Air Products & Chemicals a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Air Products & Chemicals

as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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), up 3.3% and

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), up 3.2% , were all gainers within the chemicals industry with

Williams Partners



) being today's featured chemicals industry leader.

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) while those bearish on the chemicals industry could consider

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