Mosaic Co (MOS): Today's Featured Chemicals Winner

The chemicals industry closed the day up 3%. BioFuel Energy Corporation ( BIOF), Kronos Worldwide Inc ( KRO), Verenium Corporation ( VRNM), and RPM International Inc ( RPM) were all winners today within the chemicals industry with Mosaic ( MOS) being today's featured chemicals winner. Mosaic rose $3.02 (6.2%) to $52.10 on average volume. Throughout the day, 9.6 million shares of Mosaic exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.1 million shares.

The Mosaic Company engages in the production and marketing of concentrated phosphate- and potash-based crop nutrients for the agriculture industry worldwide. Mosaic has a market cap of $21.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.7, equal to the average chemicals industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 35.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mosaic 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, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. 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, Landec Corporation ( LNDC), Altair Nanotechnologies Inc ( ALTI), Quaker Chemical Corporation ( KWR), and PolyOne Corporation ( POL) were all losers within the chemicals industry with Ferro ( FOE) 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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