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.
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