5 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 42 points (0.3%) at 14,338 as of Thursday, March 7, 2013, 11:50 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,674 issues advancing vs. 1,197 declining with 153 unchanged.

The Chemicals industry currently sits up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include Braskem ( BAK), up 2.4%, and Sociedad Quimica Y Minera De Chile ( SQM), up 1.3%.

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

5. Williams Partners ( WPZ) is one of the companies pushing the Chemicals industry higher today. As of noon trading, Williams Partners is up $0.45 (0.9%) to $48.75 on average volume Thus far, 477,291 shares of Williams Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.06-$48.85 after having opened the day at $48.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.30.

Williams Partners L.P., an energy infrastructure company, focuses on connecting North America's hydrocarbon resource plays to growing markets for natural gas and natural gas liquids. It operates in two segments, Gas Pipeline and Midstream Gas & Liquids. Williams Partners has a market cap of $19.4 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Williams Partners a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Williams Partners as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Williams Partners Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Air Products & Chemicals ( APD) is up $1.11 (1.3%) to $87.82 on light volume Thus far, 246,623 shares of Air Products & Chemicals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 945,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $86.68-$87.84 after having opened the day at $86.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $86.71.

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 $18.0 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.7, equal to the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. 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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3. As of noon trading, Sherwin-Williams Company ( SHW) is up $1.05 (0.6%) to $164.82 on light volume Thus far, 243,105 shares of Sherwin-Williams Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 881,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $163.92-$165.49 after having opened the day at $164.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $163.77.

The Sherwin-Williams Company engages in the development, manufacture, distribution, and sale of paints, coatings, and related products to professional, industrial, commercial, and retail customers primarily in North and South America, the Caribbean region, Europe, and Asia. Sherwin-Williams Company has a market cap of $17.0 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Sherwin-Williams Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sherwin-Williams Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Sherwin-Williams Company Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Mosaic ( MOS) is up $1.01 (1.7%) to $59.21 on light volume Thus far, 941,092 shares of Mosaic exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $58.34-$59.24 after having opened the day at $58.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.20.

The Mosaic Company produces and markets concentrated phosphate and potash crop nutrients for the agriculture industry worldwide. Mosaic has a market cap of $17.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Mosaic a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 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 and increase in net income. 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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1. As of noon trading, Monsanto Company ( MON) is up $0.81 (0.8%) to $103.10 on light volume Thus far, 529,127 shares of Monsanto Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $102.35-$103.30 after having opened the day at $102.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $102.29.

Monsanto Company, together with its subsidiaries, provides agricultural products for farmers worldwide. It operates in two segments, Seeds and Genomics, and Agricultural Productivity. Monsanto Company has a market cap of $55.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Monsanto Company a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Monsanto Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full Monsanto Company Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 5 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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