The chemicals industry closed the day down 0.3%. TOR Minerals International Inc ( TORM), KMG Chemicals Inc ( KMGB), Intrepid Potash Inc ( IPI), and Mosaic ( MOS) were all winners today within the chemicals industry with Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc ( POT) being today's featured chemicals winner. Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc rose 61 cents (1.3%) to $48.45 on light volume. Throughout the day, 6.8 million shares of Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.2 million shares.

Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. produces and sells fertilizers and related industrial and feed products primarily in the United States and Canada. The company mines and produces potash, which is used as fertilizer. Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc has a market cap of $42.5 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18, equal to the average chemicals industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 7.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Lizhan Environmental ( LZEN), Clean Diesel Technologies Inc ( CDTI), Synthesis Energy Sys Inc ( SYMX), and Pure Bioscience Inc ( PURE) were all losers within the chemicals industry with Dow Chemical ( DOW) 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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