The chemicals industry closed the day up 2.3%. Lizhan Environmental ( LZEN), Clean Diesel Technologies Inc ( CDTI), Pure Bioscience Inc ( PURE), and Koppers Holdings Inc ( KOP) were all decliners today within the chemicals industry with Gushan Environmental Energy ( GU) being today's featured chemicals loser. Gushan Environmental Energy fell 8 cents (-3.6%) to $2.15 on light volume. Throughout the day, 20,415 shares of Gushan Environmental Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 86,400 shares.

Gushan Environmental Energy Limited, through its subsidiaries, produces biodiesel and its by-products. Gushan Environmental Energy has a market cap of $47.3 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 55.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Gushan Environmental Energy as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, Penford Corporation ( PENX), Metabolix Inc ( MBLX), Rentech Inc ( RTK), and BioFuel Energy Corporation ( BIOF) 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).