Huntsman Corporation (HUN): Today's Featured Chemicals Winner

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Huntsman Corporation ( HUN) pushed the Chemicals industry higher today making it today's featured chemicals winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Huntsman Corporation rose 38 cents (2.3%) to $17.23 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 7.2 million shares of Huntsman Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.9 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $16.88-$17.59 after having opened the day at $16.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.85. Other companies within the Chemicals industry that increased today were: Lightbridge ( LTBR), up 11.1%, Pacific Ethanol ( PEIX), up 8.8%, Gulf Resources ( GURE), up 8.3%, and BioFuel Energy Corporation ( BIOF), up 7.9%.
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Huntsman Corporation engages in the manufacture and sale of differentiated organic and inorganic chemical products worldwide. Huntsman Corporation has a market cap of $4 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 5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is one analyst that rates Huntsman Corporation a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Huntsman Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, reasonable valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Kraton Performance Polymers ( KRA), down 6.4%, American Vanguard Corporation ( AVD), down 3.5%, American Pacific Corporation ( APFC), down 3.4%, and Kronos Worldwide ( KRO), down 3.4%, were all laggards within the chemicals industry with Eastman Chemical Company ( EMN) being today's chemicals industry laggard.

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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