Pacific Ethanol ( PEIX) pushed the Chemicals industry lower today making it today's featured Chemicals loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, Pacific Ethanol fell 20 cents (-19.3%) to 86 cents on average volume. Throughout the day, 12.3 million shares of Pacific Ethanol exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.1 million shares. The stock ranged in price between 84 cents-$1 after having opened the day at $1 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.06. Other company's within the Chemicals industry that declined today were: BioFuel Energy Corporation ( BIOF), down 15.8%, Pure Bioscience ( PURE), down 6.3%, Gulf Resources ( GURE), down 3.5%, and TPC Group ( TPCG), down 2.7%.

Pacific Ethanol, Inc. produces and markets low carbon renewable fuels in the western United States, primarily in California, Nevada, Arizona, Oregon, Colorado, Idaho, and Washington. The company offers ethanol and its co-products, including wet distillers grains. Pacific Ethanol has a market cap of $88.7 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 77.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is one analyst that rates Pacific Ethanol a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Pacific Ethanol as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its poor profit margins, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and generally weak debt management.

On the positive front, Gevo ( GEVO), up 12.9%, Cereplast ( CERP), up 7.5%, Georgia Gulf ( GGC), up 7.3%, and H.B. Fuller Company ( FUL), up 4.9%, were all gainers within the chemicals industry with E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company ( DD) 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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