Valspar Corporation ( VAL) pushed the Chemicals industry lower today making it today's featured Chemicals loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1%. By the end of trading, Valspar Corporation fell 55 cents (-1.2%) to $47.06 on average volume. Throughout the day, one million shares of Valspar Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 775,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $46.99-$47.89 after having opened the day at $47.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.61. Other company's within the Chemicals industry that declined today were: Cereplast ( CERP), down 15%, BioFuel Energy Corporation ( BIOF), down 7.5%, Terra Nitrogen Company L.P ( TNH), down 2.8%, and GSE ( GSE), down 2.7%.

The Valspar Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and distributes coatings, paints, and related products worldwide. Valspar Corporation has a market cap of $4.45 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 20.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are five analysts that rate Valspar Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Valspar Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated.

On the positive front, Clean Diesel Technologies ( CDTI), up 7.6%, Flexible Solutions International ( FSI), up 7.4%, China Green Agriculture ( CGA), up 6.2%, and TPC Group ( TPCG), up 5.2%, were all gainers within the chemicals industry with E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company ( DD) being today's featured chemicals industry winner.

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