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FMC Corporation ( FMC) pushed the Chemicals industry higher today making it today's featured chemicals winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, FMC Corporation rose $0.80 (1.3%) to $63.10 on average volume. Throughout the day, 852,222 shares of FMC Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 853,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $62.22-$63.16 after having opened the day at $62.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.30. Other companies within the Chemicals industry that increased today were: American Pacific Corporation ( APFC), up 4.5%, TOR Minerals International ( TORM), up 3.9%, REX American Resources ( REX), up 3.6% and Metabolix ( MBLX), up 3.2%.

FMC Corporation, a diversified chemical company, provides solutions and products for agricultural, consumer, and industrial markets. It operates in three segments: Agricultural Products, Specialty Chemicals, and Industrial Chemicals. FMC Corporation has a market cap of $8.4 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 6.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate FMC Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates FMC Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins 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.

On the negative front, Methes Energies International ( MEIL), down 13.5%, Sherwin-Williams Company ( SHW), down 8.3%, Ikonics Corporation ( IKNX), down 5.9% and Lightbridge ( LTBR), down 4.4% , were all laggards within the chemicals industry with Westlake Chemical Corporation ( WLK) being today's chemicals industry laggard.

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