Mosaic

(

MOS

) pushed the Chemicals industry lower today making it today's featured Chemicals loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1%. By the end of trading, Mosaic fell $1.28 (-2.4%) to $51.87 on average volume. Throughout the day, six million shares of Mosaic exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.5 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $51.60-$53.29 after having opened the day at $53.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.15. Other company's within the Chemicals industry that declined today were:

China Green Agriculture Inc

(

CGA

), down 12.7%,

Sino Clean Energy Inc

(

SCEI

), down 6.7%,

Gevo Inc

(

GEVO

), down 6.7%, and

TOR Minerals International Inc

(

TORM

), down 6.6%.

The Mosaic Company engages in the production and marketing of concentrated phosphate- and potash-based crop nutrients for the agriculture industry worldwide. Mosaic has a market cap of $25.38 billion and is part of the

basic materials

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.6, below the average chemicals industry P/E ratio of 9.3 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 30.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mosaic 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, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front,

Pure Bioscience Inc

(

PURE

), up 7.3%,

Pacific Ethanol Inc

(

PEIX

), up 7%,

Pacific Ethanol Inc

(

PEIXD

), up 7%, and

Solazyme Inc

(

SZYM

), up 5.5%, were all gainers within the chemicals industry with

Valspar Corporation

(

VAL

) 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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