5 Stocks Pushing The Chemicals Industry Downward

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 20 points (-0.1%) at 15,298 as of Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,604 issues advancing vs. 474 declining with 57 unchanged.

The Chemicals industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.17. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Valhi ( VHI), down 2.56, and Sociedad Quimica Y Minera De Chile ( SQM), down 0.82. A company within the industry that increased today was LyondellBasell Industries ( LYB), up 0.46.

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

5. Valspar Corporation ( VAL) is one of the companies pushing the Chemicals industry lower today. As of noon trading, Valspar Corporation is down $0.78 (-1.1%) to $68.74 on light volume Thus far, 117,793 shares of Valspar Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 543,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $68.70-$69.44 after having opened the day at $69.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $69.52.

The Valspar Corporation manufactures and distributes various coatings, paints, and related products worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Coatings and Paints. Valspar Corporation has a market cap of $6.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Valspar Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Valspar Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Valspar Corporation Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Sigma-Aldrich Corporation ( SIAL) is down $0.49 (-0.6%) to $81.69 on light volume Thus far, 218,961 shares of Sigma-Aldrich Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 695,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $81.24-$82.15 after having opened the day at $81.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $82.18.

Sigma-Aldrich Corporation, a life science and high technology company, develops, manufactures, purchases, and distributes various chemicals, biochemicals, and equipment worldwide. Sigma-Aldrich Corporation has a market cap of $9.8 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Sigma-Aldrich Corporation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sigma-Aldrich Corporation 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, growth in earnings per share, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Sigma-Aldrich Corporation Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Huntsman Corporation ( HUN) is down $0.22 (-1.2%) to $17.85 on light volume Thus far, 928,786 shares of Huntsman Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $17.83-$18.18 after having opened the day at $18.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.07.

Huntsman Corporation and its subsidiaries engage in the manufacture and sale of differentiated organic and inorganic chemical products worldwide. The company operates in five segments: Polyurethanes, Performance Products, Advanced Materials, Textile Effects, and Pigments. Huntsman Corporation has a market cap of $4.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Huntsman Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Huntsman Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels 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 Huntsman Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Sherwin-Williams Company ( SHW) is down $0.90 (-0.5%) to $183.40 on light volume Thus far, 115,786 shares of Sherwin-Williams Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 682,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $182.99-$184.61 after having opened the day at $183.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $184.30.

The Sherwin-Williams Company engages in the development, manufacture, distribution, and sale of paints, coatings, and related products to professional, industrial, commercial, and retail customers primarily in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean region. Sherwin-Williams Company has a market cap of $18.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 19.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Sherwin-Williams Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sherwin-Williams Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Sherwin-Williams Company Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, PPG Industries ( PPG) is down $0.79 (-0.5%) to $155.78 on light volume Thus far, 233,120 shares of PPG Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 829,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $155.63-$157.22 after having opened the day at $156.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $156.57.

PPG Industries, Inc. operates as a coatings and specialty products company. PPG Industries has a market cap of $22.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 15.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate PPG Industries a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PPG Industries as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins, impressive record of earnings per share growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full PPG Industries 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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