Mosaic Co (MOS): Today's Featured Chemicals Winner

The chemicals industry closed the day up 2.5%. Cytec Industries ( CYT), LyondellBasell Industries ( LYB), Celanese Corporation ( CE), and Georgia Gulf ( GGC) were all winners today within the chemicals industry with Mosaic ( MOS) being today's featured chemicals winner. Mosaic rose $3.20 (5.8%) to $58.45 on average volume. Throughout the day, 9.8 million shares of Mosaic exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of eight 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 $23.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.7, equal to the average chemicals industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 27.6% 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 impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Solazyme Inc ( SZYM), Rentech Inc ( RTK), Gulf Resources Inc ( GURE), and BioFuel Energy Corporation ( BIOF) were all losers within the chemicals industry with Kraton Performance Polymers Inc ( KRA) 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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