Air Products & Chemicals Inc (APD): Today's Featured Chemicals Winner - TheStreet

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Air Products & Chemicals



) pushed the Chemicals industry higher today making it today's featured chemicals winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Air Products & Chemicals rose $1.06 (1.1%) to $94.61 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,859,574 shares of Air Products & Chemicals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,291,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $93.92-$94.83 after having opened the day at $94.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $93.55. Other companies within the Chemicals industry that increased today were:




), up 7.0%,




), up 5.2%,




), up 4.1% and

NL Industries



), up 3.9%.

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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 $19.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Air Products & Chemicals a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 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 revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front,

American Vanguard Corporation



), down 16.4%,

Methes Energies International



), down 15.4%,




), down 8.1% and

Verenium Corporation



), down 3.4%.

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) while those bearish on the chemicals industry could consider

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