Air Products & Chemicals Inc (APD): Today's Featured Chemicals Laggard

Air Products & Chemicals ( APD) pushed the Chemicals industry lower today making it today's featured Chemicals laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Air Products & Chemicals fell 91 cents (-1.1%) to $80.43 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.5 million shares of Air Products & Chemicals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $80.14-$81.03 after having opened the day at $80.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $81.34. Other company's within the Chemicals industry that declined today were: Clean Diesel Technologies ( CDTI), down 8.7%, Pacific Ethanol ( PEIX), down 5.7%, Renewable Energy Group ( REGI), down 5.5%, and Tronox ( TROX), down 5.4%.

Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. provides atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance materials, equipment, and services worldwide. Air Products & Chemicals has a market cap of $17.18 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14, above the average chemicals industry P/E ratio of 12.9 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 4.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate Air Products & Chemicals a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Air Products & Chemicals as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, Green Plains Renewable Energy ( GPRE), up 6.5%, Quaker Chemical Corporation ( KWR), up 6.1%, Pure Bioscience ( PURE), up 5.6%, and Lightbridge ( LTBR), up 5.1%, were all gainers within the chemicals industry with Eastman Chemical Company ( EMN) being today's featured chemicals industry leader.

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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