Mosaic

(

MOS

) pushed the Chemicals industry higher today making it today's featured chemicals winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1%. By the end of trading, Mosaic rose $2.24 (4.4%) to $53.34 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 8.8 million shares of Mosaic exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.2 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $51.98-$53.88 after having opened the day at $52.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.10. Other companies within the Chemicals industry that increased today were:

Lightbridge

(

LTBR

), up 10.2%,

GSE

(

GSE

), up 8.4%,

Gevo

(

GEVO

), up 8.1%, and

H.B. Fuller Company

(

FUL

), up 8.1%.

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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 $15.01 billion and is part of the

basic materials

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.8, below the average chemicals industry P/E ratio of 10.9 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Mosaic a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mosaic as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, poor profit margins and disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front,

Metabolix

(

MBLX

), down 8.3%,

Cereplast

(

CERP

), down 5.8%,

Green Plains Renewable Energy

(

GPRE

), down 4%, and

Pacific Ethanol

(

PEIX

), down 3.3%, were all losers within the chemicals industry with

Methanex Corporation

(

MEOH

) 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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