Mosaic Co (MOS): Today's Featured Chemicals Winner

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Mosaic ( MOS) pushed the Chemicals industry higher today making it today's featured chemicals winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.4%. By the end of trading, Mosaic rose $0.68 (1.7%) to $41.36 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 10,654,974 shares of Mosaic exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,200,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $40.28-$41.67 after having opened the day at $40.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.68. Other companies within the Chemicals industry that increased today were: Intrepid Potash ( IPI), up 2.6%, Agrium ( AGU), up 1.7% and Valhi ( VHI), up 1.5%.

The Mosaic Company produces and markets concentrated phosphate and potash crop nutrients for the agriculture industry worldwide. It operates in two segments, Phosphates and Potash. Mosaic has a market cap of $12.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 28.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Mosaic a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mosaic 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, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Verenium Corporation ( VRNM), down 16.2%, Gevo ( GEVO), down 7.1%, Methes Energies International ( MEIL), down 6.4% and BioAmber ( BIOA), down 6.2% , were all laggards within the chemicals industry with Axiall ( AXLL) being today's chemicals industry laggard.

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