The chemicals industry closed the day down 1%. Sino Clean Energy Inc ( SCEI), Georgia Gulf ( GGC), Koppers Holdings Inc ( KOP), and Braskem ( BAK) were all decliners today within the chemicals industry with CF Industries Holdings Inc ( CF) being today's featured chemicals loser. CF Industries Holdings Inc fell $8.03 (-5.6%) to $134.71 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.9 million shares of CF Industries Holdings Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares.

CF Industries Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiary, CF Industries, Inc., manufactures and distributes nitrogen and phosphate fertilizer products, serving agricultural and industrial customers worldwide. It operates in two segments, Nitrogen and Phosphate. CF Industries Holdings Inc has a market cap of $9.6 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.3, equal to the average chemicals industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates CF as a hold. 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 and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's earnings per share has not been good.

On the positive front, Clean Diesel Technologies Inc ( CDTI), Lightbridge ( LTBR), Gevo Inc ( GEVO), and BioFuel Energy Corporation ( BIOF) were all gainers within the chemicals industry with Albemarle ( ALB) 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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