CF Industries Holdings Inc

(

CF

) pushed the Chemicals industry lower today making it today's featured Chemicals loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 5.3%. By the end of trading, CF Industries Holdings Inc fell $3.96 (-2.8%) to $139.80 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 3.6 million shares of CF Industries Holdings Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $138.11-$147.79 after having opened the day at $147.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $143.76. Other company's within the Chemicals industry that declined today were:

Pure Bioscience Inc

(

PURE

), down 13.9%,

BioFuel Energy Corporation

(

BIOF

), down 10.1%,

Pacific Ethanol Inc

(

PEIXD

), down 8.7%, and

Pacific Ethanol Inc

(

PEIX

), down 8.7%.

CF Industries Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiary, CF Industries, Inc., manufactures and distributes nitrogen and phosphate fertilizer products, serving agricultural and industrial customers worldwide. It operates in two segments, Nitrogen and Phosphate. CF Industries Holdings Inc has a market cap of $9.55 billion and is part of the

basic materials

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.9, equal to the average chemicals industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates CF as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the positive front,

TPC Group Inc

(

TPCG

), up 19.8%,

Metabolix Inc

(

MBLX

), up 19.3%,

Quaker Chemical Corporation

(

KWR

), up 14.8%, and

Hawkins Inc

(

HWKN

), up 12.9%, were all gainers within the chemicals industry with

E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company

(

DD

) being today's featured chemicals industry winner.

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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