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PPG Industries



) pushed the Chemicals industry lower today making it today's featured Chemicals laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, PPG Industries fell $1.62 (-1.0%) to $157.11 on light volume. Throughout the day, 518,771 shares of PPG Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 698,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $156.38-$158.50 after having opened the day at $158.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $158.73. Other companies within the Chemicals industry that declined today were:

Flexible Solutions International



), down 5.1%,

KMG Chemicals



), down 4.8%,




), down 4.6% and

PolyOne Corporation



), down 3.9%.

PPG Industries, Inc. operates as a coatings and specialty products company. PPG Industries has a market cap of $22.4 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 17.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate PPG Industries a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

PPG Industries

as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front,




), up 5.2%,




), up 5.0%,

Verenium Corporation



), up 4.8% and




), up 3.9% , were all gainers within the chemicals industry with

Williams Partners



) being today's featured chemicals industry leader.

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Materials Select Sector SPDR



) while those bearish on the chemicals industry could consider

ProShares Short Basic Materials Fd




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