The chemicals industry closed the day up 2.9%. Synthesis Energy Sys Inc ( SYMX), China Green Agriculture Inc ( CGA), Flexible Solutions International Inc ( FSI), and Gulf Resources Inc ( GURE) were all decliners today within the chemicals industry with W.R. Grace & Company ( GRA) being today's featured chemicals loser. W.R. Grace & Company fell 93 cents (-3%) to $32.32 on average volume. Throughout the day, one million shares of W.R. Grace & Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares.

W. R. Grace & Co. engages in the production and sale of specialty chemicals and specialty materials worldwide. W.R. Grace & Company has a market cap of $2.5 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 down 10.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates W.R. Grace as a sell. The area that we feel has been the company's primary weakness has been its weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Sino Clean Energy Inc ( SCEI), Metabolix Inc ( MBLX), KMG Chemicals Inc ( KMGB), and Flotek Industries Inc ( FTK) were all gainers within the chemicals industry with Mosaic ( MOS) 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).
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