Mosaic Co (MOS): Today's Featured Chemicals Winner

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Mosaic ( MOS) pushed the Chemicals industry higher today making it today's featured chemicals winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, Mosaic rose $0.82 (1.3%) to $61.80 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,512,158 shares of Mosaic exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,890,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $60.78-$62.09 after having opened the day at $60.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $60.98. Other companies within the Chemicals industry that increased today were: Penford Corporation ( PENX), up 2.3%, OM Group ( OMG), up 2.1%, Verenium Corporation ( VRNM), up 1.8% and Innospec ( IOSP), up 1.7%.
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The Mosaic Company produces and markets concentrated phosphate and potash crop nutrients for the agriculture industry worldwide. Mosaic has a market cap of $18.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Mosaic a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mosaic as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, Pacific Ethanol ( PEIX), down 6.0%, Kronos Worldwide ( KRO), down 3.8%, PetroLogistics ( PDH), down 3.6% and Lightbridge ( LTBR), down 3.1% , were all laggards within the chemicals industry with PPG Industries ( PPG) being today's chemicals industry laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, 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).

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