5 Chemicals Stocks Dragging The Industry Down

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 142 points (1.0%) at 14,816 as of Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 12:45 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,253 issues advancing vs. 654 declining with 139 unchanged.

The Chemicals industry currently sits up 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which is up 1.2%. A company within the industry that fell today was Sociedad Quimica Y Minera De Chile ( SQM), up 1.56. Top gainers within the industry include Braskem ( BAK), up 4.0%, Dow Chemical ( DOW), up 1.1% and Praxair ( PX), up 0.9%.

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

5. W. R. Grace ( GRA) is one of the companies pushing the Chemicals industry lower today. As of noon trading, W. R. Grace is down $2.11 (-2.8%) to $73.84 on heavy volume Thus far, 1.4 million shares of W. R. Grace exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 538,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $72.00-$74.25 after having opened the day at $72.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $75.95.

W.R. Grace & Co. engages in the production and sale of specialty chemicals and materials worldwide. W. R. Grace has a market cap of $5.8 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 61.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates W. R. Grace as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been unimpressive growth in net income over time. Get the full W. R. Grace Ratings Report now.

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