Huntsman Corporation ( HUN) pushed the Chemicals industry lower today making it today's featured Chemicals loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.9%. By the end of trading, Huntsman Corporation fell 11 cents (-1%) to $10.96 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2.7 million shares of Huntsman Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.3 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $10.84-$11.37 after having opened the day at $11.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.07. Other company's within the Chemicals industry that declined today were: BioFuel Energy Corporation ( BIOF), down 10.7%, Pacific Ethanol Inc ( PEIX), down 8.1%, Lizhan Environmental ( LZEN), down 6.3%, and Altair Nanotechnologies Inc ( ALTI), down 3%.

Huntsman Corporation engages in the manufacture and sale of differentiated organic and inorganic chemical products worldwide. Its products comprise a range of chemicals and formulations, which are marketed to consumer and industrial customers. Huntsman Corporation has a market cap of $2.63 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.6, below the average chemicals industry P/E ratio of 15.6 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 29.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Huntsman as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Sino Clean Energy Inc ( SCEI), up 27.3%, Solazyme Inc ( SZYM), up 6.9%, Flotek Industries Inc ( FTK), up 4.7%, and Braskem ( BAK), up 4.2%, were all gainers within the chemicals industry with Dow Chemical ( DOW) 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).

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