Kraton Performance Polymers Inc (KRA): Today's Featured Chemicals Loser

The chemicals industry closed the day up 1.1%. Lizhan Environmental ( LZEN), Pure Bioscience Inc ( PURE), American Vanguard Corporation ( AVD), and NL Industries Inc ( NL) were all decliners today within the chemicals industry with Kraton Performance Polymers Inc ( KRA) being today's featured chemicals loser. Kraton Performance Polymers Inc fell 44 cents (-2.3%) to $18.82 on average volume. Throughout the day, 460,319 shares of Kraton Performance Polymers Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 574,200 shares.

Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc., through its subsidiary, Kraton Polymers LLC, engages in the development, production, and marketing of styrenic block copolymers (SBCs) and non-SBC products worldwide. The company offers approximately 250 core commercial grades of SBCs. Kraton Performance Polymers Inc has a market cap of $591 million and is part of the basic materials sector.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kraton Performance Polymers as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, Clean Diesel Technologies Inc ( CDTI), Gevo Inc ( GEVO), Hawkins Inc ( HWKN), and CF Industries Holdings Inc ( CF) 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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