W. R. Grace & Co. (GRA): Today's Featured Chemicals Winner

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W. R. Grace ( GRA) pushed the Chemicals industry higher today making it today's featured chemicals winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.1%. By the end of trading, W. R. Grace rose $0.85 (1.1%) to $81.11 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1,192,685 shares of W. R. Grace exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 553,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $80.51-$82.58 after having opened the day at $80.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $80.26. Other companies within the Chemicals industry that increased today were: REX American Resources ( REX), up 12.6%, BioFuel Energy Corporation ( BIOF), up 4.1%, Verenium Corporation ( VRNM), up 1.9% and Penford Corporation ( PENX), up 1.8%.
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W.R. Grace & Co. engages in the production and sale of specialty chemicals and materials worldwide. W. R. Grace has a market cap of $6.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 72.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 19.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate W. R. Grace a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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.

On the negative front, CVR Partners ( UAN), down 8.9%, Lightbridge ( LTBR), down 7.1%, Solazyme ( SZYM), down 6.2% and Metabolix ( MBLX), down 5.9% , were all laggards within the chemicals industry with Dow Chemical ( DOW) being today's chemicals industry laggard.

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