LyondellBasell Industries NV (LYB): Today's Featured Chemicals Winner

LyondellBasell Industries ( LYB) pushed the Chemicals industry higher today making it today's featured chemicals winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, LyondellBasell Industries rose $1.08 (2.6%) to $42.86 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 5.8 million shares of LyondellBasell Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.8 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $41.90-$43.71 after having opened the day at $42.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.78. Other companies within the Chemicals industry that increased today were: Huntsman Corporation ( HUN), up 9%, TOR Minerals International ( TORM), up 5.8%, Penford Corporation ( PENX), up 5.1%, and Pure Bioscience ( PURE), up 3.5%.

LyondellBasell Industries N.V. manufacturers and sells chemicals and polymers, refines crude oil, produces gasoline blending components, and develops and licenses technologies for the production of polymers. LyondellBasell Industries has a market cap of $26.27 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.2, equal to the average chemicals industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 28.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate LyondellBasell Industries a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and two rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates LyondellBasell Industries as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and poor profit margins.

On the negative front, Metabolix ( MBLX), down 9.2%, Flexible Solutions International ( FSI), down 8.7%, Cereplast ( CERP), down 5.4%, and Synthesis Energy Sys ( SYMX), down 4.3%, were all losers within the chemicals industry with Westlake Chemical Corporation ( WLK) 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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