The chemicals industry closed the day down 2.7%. Synthesis Energy Sys Inc ( SYMX), Sino Clean Energy Inc ( SCEI), BioFuel Energy Corporation ( BIOF), and China Green Agriculture Inc ( CGA) were all winners today within the chemicals industry with Valhi Incorporated ( VHI) being today's featured chemicals winner. Valhi Incorporated rose $1.80 (3.4%) to $54.22 on light volume. Throughout the day, 24,188 shares of Valhi Incorporated exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 47,500 shares.

Valhi, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates in the chemicals, component products, and waste management businesses. Valhi Incorporated has a market cap of $5.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 137.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Valhi as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including premium valuation and generally poor debt management.

On the negative front, Mosaic ( MOS), Celanese Corporation ( CE), Solazyme Inc ( SZYM), and LyondellBasell Industries ( LYB) 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).