Terra Nitrogen Company L.P

(

TNH

) pushed the Chemicals industry higher today making it today's featured chemicals winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 3.3%. By the end of trading, Terra Nitrogen Company L.P rose $4.45 (2.9%) to $159.09 on light volume. Throughout the day, 35,610 shares of Terra Nitrogen Company L.P exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 89,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $151.69-$160.02 after having opened the day at $153.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $154.64.

Terra Nitrogen Company, L.P. produces and distributes nitrogen fertilizer products to agricultural and industrial customers. Terra Nitrogen Company L.P has a market cap of $2.84 billion and is part of the

basic materials

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.9, equal to the average chemicals industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 43% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Terra Nitrogen as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the negative front,

Gevo Inc

(

GEVO

), down 9.1%,

Rentech Inc

(

RTK

), down 8.1%,

Lightbridge

(

LTBR

), down 8%, and

Flotek Industries Inc

(

FTK

), down 8%, were all losers within the chemicals industry with

E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company

(

DD

) 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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