The chemicals industry closed the day down 4.8%. Metabolix Inc ( MBLX), Lightbridge ( LTBR), TPC Group Inc ( TPCG), and Clean Diesel Technologies Inc ( CDTI) were all decliners today within the chemicals industry with TOR Minerals International Inc ( TORM) being today's featured chemicals loser. TOR Minerals International Inc fell 28 cents (-2.4%) to $11.51 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,000 shares of TOR Minerals International Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,200 shares.

TOR Minerals International, Inc., a specialty chemical company, engages in the manufacture and marketing of mineral products. TOR Minerals International Inc has a market cap of $25 million and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.1, below the average chemicals industry P/E ratio of 12.7 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 19% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates TOR Minerals International 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 weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, China Green Agriculture Inc ( CGA), Flexible Solutions International Inc ( FSI), and Gevo Inc ( GEVO) were all gainers within the chemicals industry with Monsanto Company ( MON) being today's featured chemicals industry winner.

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).