The chemicals industry closed the day up 1.7%. BioFuel Energy Corporation ( BIOF), Pacific Ethanol Inc ( PEIX), Pacific Ethanol Inc ( PEIXD), and TOR Minerals International Inc ( TORM) were all winners today within the chemicals industry with E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company ( DD) being today's featured chemicals winner. E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company rose $1 (2.1%) to $49.36 on average volume. Throughout the day, 9.5 million shares of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.8 million shares.

E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company operates as a science and technology company worldwide. It operates in seven segments: Agriculture & Nutrition, Electronics & Communications, Performance Chemicals, Performance Coatings, Performance Materials, Safety & Protection, and Pharmaceuticals. E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company has a market cap of $41.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.6, equal to the average chemicals industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates E.I. du Pont de Nemours as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and increase 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, Olin Corporation ( OLN), Omnova Solutions Inc ( OMN), China Green Agriculture Inc ( CGA), and Landec Corporation ( LNDC) were all losers within the chemicals industry with Monsanto Company ( MON) 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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