Westlake Chemical Rises On Unusually High Volume (WLK)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Westlake Chemical Corporation (NYSE: WLK) is trading at unusually high volume Monday with 1.2 million shares changing hands. It is currently at 2.1 times its average daily volume and trading up $5.89 (+7.1%) at $88.34 as of 3:11 p.m. ET.

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Westlake Chemical has a market cap of $5.41 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and chemicals industry. Shares are up 4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

Westlake Chemical Corporation manufactures and markets basic chemicals, vinyls, polymers, and fabricated building products. It operates in two segments, Olefins and Vinyls. The company has a P/E ratio of 14, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Westlake Chemical as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. You can view the full Westlake Chemical Ratings Report.

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