Celanese Corporation (CE): Today's Featured Chemicals Winner

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Celanese Corporation ( CE) pushed the Chemicals industry higher today making it today's featured chemicals winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Celanese Corporation rose $1.72 (3.6%) to $48.83 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.8 million shares of Celanese Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $46.90-$48.88 after having opened the day at $47.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.11. Other companies within the Chemicals industry that increased today were: Penford Corporation ( PENX), up 12.4%, Senomyx ( SNMX), up 11.6%, Metabolix ( MBLX), up 7.8%, and Pacific Ethanol ( PEIX), up 4.4%.
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Celanese Corporation, a technology and specialty materials company, engages in manufacture and sale of value-added chemicals, thermoplastic polymers, and other chemical-based products. Celanese Corporation has a market cap of $7.42 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate Celanese Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Celanese Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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