The

chemicals

industry closed the day up 3.2%.

Lightbridge

(

LTBR

),

Rentech Inc

(

RTK

),

Flotek Industries Inc

(

FTK

), and

Quaker Chemical Corporation

(

KWR

) were all winners today within the chemicals industry with

Mosaic

(

MOS

) being today's featured chemicals winner. Mosaic rose $1.61 (2.8%) to $59.45 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5.6 million shares of Mosaic exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.3 million shares.

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 $26.4 billion and is part of the

basic materials

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.7, equal to the average chemicals industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 24.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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, notable return on equity, compelling growth in net income 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 negative front,

Flexible Solutions International Inc

(

FSI

),

BioFuel Energy Corporation

(

BIOF

),

PolyOne Corporation

(

POL

), and

Sino Clean Energy Inc

(

SCEI

) were all losers within the chemicals industry with

Gulf Resources Inc

(

GURE

) being today's chemicals industry Loser Spotlight stock.

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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