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

Mosaic ( MOS) pushed the Chemicals industry higher today making it today's featured chemicals winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, Mosaic rose 36 cents (0.7%) to $53 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3.2 million shares of Mosaic exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.6 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $52.18-$53.25 after having opened the day at $53.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.64. Other companies within the Chemicals industry that increased today were: TOR Minerals International ( TORM), up 15.2%, Ikonics Corporation ( IKNX), up 9.4%, Lizhan Environmental ( LZEN), up 6.8%, and Flotek Industries ( FTK), up 6.6%.

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 $15.78 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.3, equal to the average chemicals industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Mosaic a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mosaic as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, TPC Group ( TPCG), down 11.6%, Altair Nanotechnologies ( ALTI), down 8.8%, Pacific Ethanol ( PEIX), down 8.1%, and BioFuel Energy Corporation ( BIOF), down 8.1%, were all losers within the chemicals industry with Terra Nitrogen Company L.P ( TNH) being today's chemicals industry loser.

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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