5 Chemicals Stocks Nudging The Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 15 points (0.1%) at 15,558 as of Monday, July 22, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,691 issues advancing vs. 1,251 declining with 101 unchanged.

The Chemicals industry currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include CVR Partners ( UAN), up 3.3%, and Braskem ( BAK), up 1.5%. A company within the industry that fell today was Terra Nitrogen Company L.P ( TNH), up 1.4%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

5. RPM International ( RPM) is one of the companies pushing the Chemicals industry higher today. As of noon trading, RPM International is up $0.64 (1.9%) to $34.76 on heavy volume. Thus far, 491,809 shares of RPM International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 473,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.28-$35.43 after having opened the day at $34.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.12.

RPM International Inc. manufactures and sells specialty chemical products to industrial and consumer markets in the United States and internationally. RPM International has a market cap of $4.5 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 16.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate RPM International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates RPM International as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins 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 RPM International Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Sociedad Quimica Y Minera De Chile ( SQM) is up $0.25 (0.7%) to $38.45 on light volume. Thus far, 174,485 shares of Sociedad Quimica Y Minera De Chile exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 643,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.21-$38.50 after having opened the day at $38.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.20.

Chemical and Mining Company of Chile Inc. engages in the production and distribution of specialty plant nutrients, iodine and its derivatives, lithium and its derivatives, potassium chloride and potassium sulfate, industrial chemicals, and other commodity fertilizers. Sociedad Quimica Y Minera De Chile has a market cap of $10.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 33.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Sociedad Quimica Y Minera De Chile a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sociedad Quimica Y Minera De Chile as a hold. 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 and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full Sociedad Quimica Y Minera De Chile Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Williams Partners ( WPZ) is up $0.35 (0.7%) to $52.90 on light volume. Thus far, 142,373 shares of Williams Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 854,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $52.57-$52.95 after having opened the day at $52.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.55.

Williams Partners L.P., an energy infrastructure company, focuses on connecting North America's hydrocarbon resource plays to growing markets for natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGL). It operates in two segments, Gas Pipeline and Midstream Gas & Liquids. Williams Partners has a market cap of $22.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 8.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Williams Partners a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Williams Partners as a buy. Among the primary strengths of the company is its expanding profit margins over time. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Williams Partners Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, PPG Industries ( PPG) is up $0.90 (0.6%) to $160.06 on light volume. Thus far, 234,737 shares of PPG Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 701,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $158.92-$161.13 after having opened the day at $159.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $159.16.

PPG Industries, Inc. operates as a coatings and specialty products company. PPG Industries has a market cap of $22.8 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 17.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 revenue growth, solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full PPG Industries Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Air Products & Chemicals ( APD) is up $0.67 (0.7%) to $97.66 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of Air Products & Chemicals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $96.72-$97.79 after having opened the day at $96.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $96.99.

Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. provides atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance materials, equipment, and services worldwide. Air Products & Chemicals has a market cap of $20.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 15.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Air Products & Chemicals a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Air Products & Chemicals as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, increase in stock price during the past year, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Air Products & Chemicals 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).
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