5 Stocks Pulling The Chemicals Industry Downward

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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%. 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 lower today:

5. Celanese Corporation ( CE) is one of the companies pushing the Chemicals industry lower today. As of noon trading, Celanese Corporation is down $0.38 (-0.8%) to $47.36 on heavy volume. Thus far, 812,290 shares of Celanese Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 953,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $47.27-$47.68 after having opened the day at $47.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.73.

Celanese Corporation engages in manufacture and sale of value-added chemicals, thermoplastic polymers, and other chemical-based products. The company operates in four segments: Advanced Engineered Materials, Consumer Specialties, Industrial Specialties, and Acetyl Intermediates. Celanese Corporation has a market cap of $7.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 7.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Celanese Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Celanese Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Celanese Corporation Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Airgas ( ARG) is down $0.91 (-0.9%) to $99.99 on average volume. Thus far, 269,540 shares of Airgas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 483,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $99.97-$101.25 after having opened the day at $101.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $100.90.

Airgas, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the distribution of industrial, medical, and specialty gases in the United States. Airgas has a market cap of $7.4 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 10.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Airgas a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Airgas as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Airgas Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Agrium ( AGU) is down $0.76 (-0.8%) to $88.83 on average volume. Thus far, 539,183 shares of Agrium exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 878,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $88.68-$89.62 after having opened the day at $89.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $89.59.

Agrium Inc. engages in the retail of agricultural products and services. The company operates through three segments: Retail, Wholesale, and Advanced Technologies. Agrium has a market cap of $13.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 10.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Agrium a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Agrium as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Agrium Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Sherwin-Williams Company ( SHW) is down $1.70 (-1.0%) to $171.16 on heavy volume. Thus far, 528,793 shares of Sherwin-Williams Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 703,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $170.80-$173.48 after having opened the day at $172.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $172.86.

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 $17.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 12.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Sherwin-Williams Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 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, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, solid stock price performance 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, CF Industries Holdings ( CF) is down $1.06 (-0.6%) to $182.86 on light volume. Thus far, 264,420 shares of CF Industries Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 940,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $182.82-$185.58 after having opened the day at $184.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $183.92.

CF Industries Holdings, Inc. manufactures and distributes nitrogen and phosphate fertilizer products worldwide. It operates in two segments, Nitrogen and Phosphate. CF Industries Holdings has a market cap of $10.8 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 9.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate CF Industries Holdings a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CF Industries Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full CF Industries Holdings 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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