5 Stocks Pushing The Chemicals Industry Lower

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 28 points (-0.2%) at 13,217 as of Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, 12:05 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,125 issues advancing vs. 1,742 declining with 157 unchanged.

The Chemicals industry currently sits down 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Williams Partners ( WPZ), down 1.1%, and Sociedad Quimica Y Minera De Chile ( SQM), down 0.8%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

5. Agrium ( AGU) is one of the companies pushing the Chemicals industry lower today. As of noon trading, Agrium is down $1.22 (-1.2%) to $98.43 on light volume Thus far, 257,438 shares of Agrium exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 915,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $98.39-$100.04 after having opened the day at $99.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $99.65.

Agrium Inc. engages in the retail of agricultural products and services worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Retail, Wholesale, and Advanced Technologies. Agrium has a market cap of $15.0 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 49.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Agrium a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Agrium as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Agrium Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan ( POT) is down $0.27 (-0.7%) to $40.73 on light volume Thus far, 869,281 shares of Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $40.70-$41.14 after having opened the day at $41.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.00.

Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc., together with its subsidiaries, produces and sells fertilizers and related industrial and feed products primarily in the United States and Canada. The company mines and produces potash, which is used as fertilizer. Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan has a market cap of $35.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Mosaic ( MOS) is down $1.00 (-1.8%) to $55.44 on light volume Thus far, 918,104 shares of Mosaic exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $55.30-$56.53 after having opened the day at $56.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.44.

The Mosaic Company produces and markets concentrated phosphate and potash crop nutrients for the agriculture industry worldwide. Mosaic has a market cap of $16.6 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Mosaic a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mosaic as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Mosaic Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, CF Industries Holdings ( CF) is down $4.69 (-2.2%) to $205.00 on average volume Thus far, 413,498 shares of CF Industries Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 913,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $204.60-$209.92 after having opened the day at $209.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $209.69.

CF Industries Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiary, CF Industries, Inc., manufactures and distributes nitrogen and phosphate fertilizer products, serving agricultural and industrial customers worldwide. It operates in two segments, Nitrogen and Phosphate. CF Industries Holdings has a market cap of $13.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 49.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate CF Industries Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CF Industries Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full CF Industries Holdings Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, LyondellBasell Industries ( LYB) is down $0.31 (-0.6%) to $53.71 on light volume Thus far, 658,158 shares of LyondellBasell Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $53.54-$54.25 after having opened the day at $54.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.02.

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 $31.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 66.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate LyondellBasell Industries a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates LyondellBasell Industries as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. Get the full LyondellBasell Industries Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 stocks, 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).

A reminder about TheStreet Ratings group: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

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