E.I. Du Pont De Nemours & Company (DD): Today's Featured Chemicals Winner

E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company ( DD) pushed the Chemicals industry higher today making it today's featured chemicals winner. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company rose 57 cents (1.2%) to $48.92 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.9 million shares of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of five million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $48.02-$48.98 after having opened the day at $48.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.35. Other companies within the Chemicals industry that increased today were: Cereplast ( CERP), up 7%, Innospec ( IOSP), up 5.7%, Senomyx ( SNMX), up 4.1%, and Agrium ( AGU), up 3.5%.

E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company operates as a science and technology based company worldwide. Its Agriculture segment provides hybrid corn and soybean seeds, and grains under the Pioneer brand name; and herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides. E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company has a market cap of $44.63 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.8, equal to the average chemicals industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front, American Vanguard Corporation ( AVD), down 9.7%, Lightbridge ( LTBR), down 7%, Flexible Solutions International ( FSI), down 6.2%, and Synthesis Energy Sys ( SYMX), down 6%, were all losers within the chemicals industry with Albemarle ( ALB) 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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