LyondellBasell Industries NV (LYB): Today's Featured Chemicals Winner

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LyondellBasell Industries ( LYB) pushed the Chemicals industry higher today making it today's featured chemicals winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, LyondellBasell Industries rose $1.07 (1.8%) to $59.69 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5.6 million shares of LyondellBasell Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.4 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $57.43-$60.64 after having opened the day at $58.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.62. Other companies within the Chemicals industry that increased today were: Green Plains Renewable Energy ( GPRE), up 8.4%, BioFuel Energy Corporation ( BIOF), up 5.2%, Methes Energies International ( MEIL), up 4.1%, and Penford Corporation ( PENX), up 3.3%.
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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 $33.48 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate LyondellBasell Industries a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three 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 compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Lightbridge ( LTBR), down 17.4%, American Vanguard Corporation ( AVD), down 7.7%, Ceres ( CERE), down 6.5%, and Ikonics Corporation ( IKNX), down 5.2%, were all laggards within the chemicals industry with Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan ( POT) 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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