PPG Industries

(

PPG

) 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, PPG Industries rose $1.18 (1.1%) to $103.44 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.2 million shares of PPG Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $101.31-$104.13 after having opened the day at $102.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $102.26. Other companies within the Chemicals industry that increased today were:

Altair Nanotechnologies

(

ALTI

), up 21.8%,

Synthesis Energy Sys

(

SYMX

), up 18.4%,

Cereplast

(

CERP

), up 10.5%, and

Ceres

(

CERE

), up 10.4%.

PPG Industries, Inc. manufactures and supplies protective and decorative coatings. PPG Industries has a market cap of $16.01 billion and is part of the

basic materials

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.9, equal to the average chemicals industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 22.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate PPG Industries a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PPG Industries 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, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. 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 13%,

Pure Bioscience

(

PURE

), down 6.1%,

TPC Group

(

TPCG

), down 5.7%, and

Kraton Performance Polymers

(

KRA

), down 4.2%, were all losers within the chemicals industry with

FMC Corporation

(

FMC

) 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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