E.I. Du Pont De Nemours & Company (DD): Today's Featured Chemicals Winner

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E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company ( DD) pushed the Chemicals industry higher today making it today's featured chemicals winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company rose $0.65 (1.2%) to $55.44 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3,594,196 shares of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,676,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $54.93-$55.72 after having opened the day at $55.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.79. Other companies within the Chemicals industry that increased today were: Gevo ( GEVO), up 10.3%, Taminco ( TAM), up 8.9%, Pacific Ethanol ( PEIX), up 6.3% and American Pacific Corporation ( APFC), up 4.8%.
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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 $50.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 21.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

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, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Flexible Solutions International ( FSI), down 8.2%, Chemtura Corporation ( CHMT), down 5.2%, Ceres ( CERE), down 4.4% and Omnova Solutions ( OMN), down 3.7%.

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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