5 Chemicals Stocks Moving The Industry Upward

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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 4 points (0.0%) at 14,823 as of Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,672 issues advancing vs. 1,218 declining with 158 unchanged.

The Chemicals industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. A company within the industry that increased today was Braskem ( BAK), up 2.72.

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

5. Albemarle ( ALB) is one of the companies pushing the Chemicals industry higher today. As of noon trading, Albemarle is up $1.39 (2.34) to $60.86 on average volume Thus far, 472,342 shares of Albemarle exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 735,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $59.25-$61.23 after having opened the day at $59.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.47.

Albemarle Corporation develops, manufactures, and markets engineered specialty chemicals. Albemarle has a market cap of $5.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 5.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Albemarle 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, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Albemarle Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Williams Partners ( WPZ) is up $0.36 (0.67) to $54.25 on light volume Thus far, 272,203 shares of Williams Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $53.52-$54.31 after having opened the day at $53.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.89.

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 (NGL). It operates in two segments, Gas Pipeline and Midstream Gas & Liquids. Williams Partners has a market cap of $21.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 28.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Williams Partners as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations 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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3. As of noon trading, Rockwood Holdings ( ROC) is up $1.54 (2.41) to $65.68 on average volume Thus far, 466,054 shares of Rockwood Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $64.54-$66.55 after having opened the day at $64.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.13.

Rockwood Holdings, Inc. develops, manufactures, and markets specialty chemicals and advanced materials for industrial and commercial applications primarily in Germany, the United States, and Europe. Rockwood Holdings has a market cap of $5.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 30.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Rockwood Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Rockwood Holdings Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan ( POT) is up $0.32 (0.77) to $41.99 on average volume Thus far, 1.7 million shares of Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $41.36-$42.02 after having opened the day at $41.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.67.

Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc., together with its subsidiaries, produces and sells fertilizers and related industrial and feed products primarily in the United States and Canada. The company mines and produces potash, which is used as fertilizer. Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan has a market cap of $35.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 0.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company ( DD) is up $0.34 (0.62) to $54.44 on average volume Thus far, 4.5 million shares of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $53.81-$54.73 after having opened the day at $54.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.10.

E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company operates as a science and technology based company worldwide. Its Agriculture segment provides corn hybrid, soybean, canola, sunflower, sorghum, inoculants, wheat, and rice seed products under the Pioneer brand; and herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides. E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company has a market cap of $49.0 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full E.I. du Pont de Nemours & 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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