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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