LyondellBasell Industries NV (LYB): Today's Featured Chemicals Winner

LyondellBasell Industries ( LYB) pushed the Chemicals industry higher today making it today's featured chemicals winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, LyondellBasell Industries rose $0.89 (1.3%) to $70.89 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,995,085 shares of LyondellBasell Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,384,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $69.89-$71.33 after having opened the day at $70.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $70.00. Other companies within the Chemicals industry that increased today were: Flexible Solutions International ( FSI), up 14.4%, Braskem ( BAK), up 7.7%, REX American Resources ( REX), up 7.5% and Penford Corporation ( PENX), up 4.6%.

LyondellBasell Industries N.V., together with its subsidiaries, manufacturers and sells chemicals and polymers; refines crude oil; produces gasoline blending components; and develops and licenses technologies for the production of polymers. LyondellBasell Industries has a market cap of $39.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 21.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate LyondellBasell Industries a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates LyondellBasell Industries 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Ceres ( CERE), down 6.4%, Lightbridge ( LTBR), down 3.7%, Yongye International ( YONG), down 3.4% and BioFuel Energy Corporation ( BIOF), down 2.2% , were all laggards within the chemicals industry with Sherwin-Williams Company ( SHW) 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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