E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company

(

DD

) pushed the Chemicals industry higher today making it today's featured chemicals winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 5.3%. By the end of trading, E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company rose $2.64 (5.9%) to $47.72 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7.9 million shares of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.7 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $46.73-$47.78 after having opened the day at $46.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.08. Other companies within the Chemicals industry that increased today were:

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%.

E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company operates as a science and technology company worldwide. It operates in seven segments: Agriculture & Nutrition, Electronics & Communications, Performance Chemicals, Performance Coatings, Performance Materials, Safety & Protection, and Pharmaceuticals. E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company has a market cap of $40.52 billion and is part of the

basic materials

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.3, above the average chemicals industry P/E ratio of 11.9 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 9.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates E.I. du Pont de Nemours as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front,

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%, were all losers within the chemicals industry with

CF Industries Holdings Inc

(

CF

) being today's chemicals industry loser.

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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