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

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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 closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company rose 60 cents (1.2%) to $50.35 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.8 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 $50.04-$50.55 after having opened the day at $50.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.75. Other companies within the Chemicals industry that increased today were: Clean Diesel Technologies ( CDTI), up 7.3%, Pure Bioscience ( PURE), up 5.7%, CVR Partners ( UAN), up 3.8%, and Huntsman Corporation ( HUN), up 3.3%.
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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 $46 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.4, equal to the average chemicals industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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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