The chemicals industry closed the day up 0.1%. Omnova Solutions Inc ( OMN), Aceto Corporation ( ACET), Rentech Inc ( RTK), and Kraton Performance Polymers Inc ( KRA) were all winners today within the chemicals industry with Williams Partners ( WPZ) being today's featured chemicals winner. Williams Partners rose $1.81 (3.4%) to $54.48 on average volume. Throughout the day, 336,852 shares of Williams Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 334,300 shares.

Williams Partners L.P. focuses on natural gas transportation, gathering, treating and processing, storage, natural gas liquid fractionation, and oil transportation activities in the United States. The company operates in two segments, Gas Pipeline, and Midstream Gas and Liquids. Williams Partners has a market cap of $15.6 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.1, above the average chemicals industry P/E ratio of 13.6 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Williams as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance 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 negative front, Sino Clean Energy Inc ( SCEI), BioFuel Energy Corporation ( BIOF), Clean Diesel Technologies Inc ( CDTI), and Gulf Resources Inc ( GURE) were all losers within the chemicals industry with CF Industries Holdings Inc ( CF) being today's chemicals industry Loser Spotlight stock.

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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