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) pushed the Chemicals industry lower today making it today's featured Chemicals laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Albemarle fell $4.96 (-7.2%) to $63.81 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2,347,741 shares of Albemarle exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 583,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $63.63-$66.33 after having opened the day at $66.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $68.77. Other companies within the Chemicals industry that declined today were:

American Vanguard Corporation



), down 9.4%,

Ikonics Corporation



), down 7.9%,

Terra Nitrogen Company L.P



), down 4.1% and

Gulf Resources



), down 2.9%.

Albemarle Corporation develops, manufactures, and markets engineered specialty chemicals. Albemarle has a market cap of $5.5 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Albemarle a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates


as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front,




), up 6.1%,




), up 4.6%,

Dow Chemical



), up 3.1% and

Balchem Corporation



), up 3.1% , were all gainers within the chemicals industry with

E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company



) being today's featured chemicals industry leader.

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Materials Select Sector SPDR



) while those bearish on the chemicals industry could consider

ProShares Short Basic Materials Fd




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