Today's Chemicals Industry Featured Laggard: PPG Industries Inc. (PPG)

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PPG Industries ( PPG) pushed the Chemicals industry lower today making it today's featured Chemicals laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, PPG Industries fell $2.17 (-1.6%) to $131.73 on light volume. Throughout the day, 876,783 shares of PPG Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $130.63-$132.75 after having opened the day at $131.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $133.90. Other companies within the Chemicals industry that declined today were: Ceres ( CERE), down 8.3%, KMG Chemicals ( KMG), down 4.1%, Flexible Solutions International ( FSI), down 2.7%, and Synthesis Energy Sys ( SYMX), down 2.7%.
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PPG Industries, Inc. operates as a coatings and specialty products company. PPG Industries has a market cap of $18.96 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate PPG Industries a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PPG Industries as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Pure Bioscience ( PURE), up 15.1%, Lightbridge ( LTBR), up 5.9%, Braskem ( BAK), up 3.8%, and Flotek Industries ( FTK), up 2.8%, were all gainers within the chemicals industry with Albemarle ( ALB) being today's featured chemicals industry leader.

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