4 Stocks Pushing The Chemicals Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 45 points (0.3%) at 14,027 as of Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, 12:05 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,918 issues advancing vs. 965 declining with 159 unchanged.

The Chemicals industry currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.5%. A company within the industry that increased today was Braskem ( BAK), up 7.7%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

4. Rockwood Holdings ( ROC) is one of the companies pushing the Chemicals industry higher today. As of noon trading, Rockwood Holdings is up $3.63 (6.3%) to $61.13 on heavy volume Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Rockwood Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $58.25-$62.26 after having opened the day at $59.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.50.

Rockwood Holdings, Inc. develops, manufactures, and markets specialty chemicals and materials for industrial and commercial applications primarily in Germany, the United States, and Europe. Rockwood Holdings has a market cap of $4.5 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 16.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Rockwood Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Rockwood Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels, increase in stock price during the past year and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Rockwood Holdings Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Air Products & Chemicals ( APD) is up $0.59 (0.7%) to $88.82 on light volume Thus far, 197,747 shares of Air Products & Chemicals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 961,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $88.18-$89.13 after having opened the day at $88.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $88.23.

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 $18.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Air Products & Chemicals a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 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 revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, increase in net income and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Air Products & Chemicals Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Georgia Gulf ( GGC) is up $5.50 (10.0%) to $60.56 on average volume Thus far, 945,435 shares of Georgia Gulf exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $59.66-$61.00 after having opened the day at $59.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.06.

Georgia Gulf Corporation engages in the manufacture and marketing of chemicals and building products in the United States and internationally. It operates through three segments: Chlorovinyls, Building Products, and Aromatics. Georgia Gulf has a market cap of $1.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Georgia Gulf a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Georgia Gulf as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Georgia Gulf Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company ( DD) is up $0.24 (0.5%) to $47.18 on light volume Thus far, 1.9 million shares of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $47.06-$47.35 after having opened the day at $47.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.94.

E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company operates as a science and technology based company worldwide. Its Agriculture segment provides corn hybrid, soybean, canola, sunflower, sorghum, inoculants, wheat, and rice seed products under the Pioneer brand; and herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides. E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company has a market cap of $43.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 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 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. Get the full E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 4 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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