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Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan

(

POT

) pushed the Chemicals industry lower today making it today's featured Chemicals laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan fell $0.42 (-1.1%) to $38.10 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,295,753 shares of Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,963,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $38.05-$38.81 after having opened the day at $38.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.52. Other companies within the Chemicals industry that declined today were:

REX American Resources

(

REX

), down 5.4%,

Methes Energies International

(

MEIL

), down 4.6%,

Ceres

(

CERE

), down 3.4% and

Chemtura Corporation

(

CHMT

), down 2.6%.

Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc., together with its subsidiaries, produces and sells fertilizers and related industrial and feed products primarily in the United States and Canada. The company mines and produces potash, which is used as fertilizer. Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan has a market cap of $33.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 5.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front,

Green Plains Renewable Energy

(

GPRE

), up 6.6%,

BioFuel Energy Corporation

(

BIOF

), up 6.3%,

American Pacific Corporation

(

APFC

), up 4.9% and

Aceto Corporation

(

ACET

), up 4.8% , were all gainers within the chemicals industry with

Air Products & Chemicals

(

APD

) being today's featured chemicals industry leader.

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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