Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model

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Mosaic

(

MOS

) pushed the Chemicals industry higher today making it today's featured chemicals winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Mosaic rose $1.08 (1.9%) to $57.83 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.5 million shares of Mosaic exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of four million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $56.48-$58.07 after having opened the day at $56.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.75. Other companies within the Chemicals industry that increased today were:

Landec Corporation

(

LNDC

), up 6%,

Synthesis Energy Sys

(

SYMX

), up 5.8%,

Pure Bioscience

(

PURE

), up 5.4%, and

Pacific Ethanol

(

PEIX

), up 4.1%.

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The Mosaic Company produces and markets concentrated phosphate and potash crop nutrients for the agriculture industry worldwide. Mosaic has a market cap of $17.6 billion and is part of the

basic materials

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.3, above the average chemicals industry P/E ratio of 12.9 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Mosaic a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mosaic as a

buy

. 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. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front,

Lizhan Environmental

(

LZEN

), down 11.7%,

Braskem

(

BAK

), down 7%,

Gulf Resources

(

GURE

), down 6.7%, and

Verenium Corporation

(

VRNM

), down 5.4%, were all laggards within the chemicals industry with

Eastman Chemical Company

(

EMN

) being today's chemicals industry laggard.

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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