The chemicals industry closed the day up 2.4%. Solazyme Inc ( SZYM), Lizhan Environmental ( LZEN), Rentech Inc ( RTK), and Flexible Solutions International Inc ( FSI) were all winners today within the chemicals industry with Mosaic ( MOS) being today's featured chemicals winner. Mosaic rose $1.26 (2.3%) to $57.11 on light volume. Throughout the day, 4.6 million shares of Mosaic exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.3 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 $24.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.1, equal to the average chemicals industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 26.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Pacific Ethanol Inc ( PEIXD), Pacific Ethanol Inc ( PEIX), Verenium Corporation ( VRNM), and China Green Agriculture Inc ( CGA) were all losers within the chemicals industry with Yongye International Inc ( YONG) 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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