5 Chemicals Stocks Nudging The Industry Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 23 points (-0.1%) at 15,403 as of Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,506 issues advancing vs. 1,423 declining with 115 unchanged.

The Chemicals industry currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. A company within the industry that fell today was Dow Chemical ( DOW), up 0.6%.

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

5. Braskem ( BAK) is one of the companies pushing the Chemicals industry higher today. As of noon trading, Braskem is up $0.28 (1.8%) to $15.83 on heavy volume. Thus far, 243,714 shares of Braskem exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 274,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $15.79-$16.08 after having opened the day at $15.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.55.

Braskem S.A., together with its subsidiaries, produces and sells basic petrochemicals and thermoplastic resins in Brazil and internationally. It operates in three segments: Basic Petrochemicals, Polyolefins, and Vinyls. Braskem has a market cap of $6.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 16.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Braskem a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Braskem as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Braskem Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Williams Partners ( WPZ) is up $0.51 (1.1%) to $49.31 on average volume. Thus far, 346,115 shares of Williams Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 918,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.80-$49.40 after having opened the day at $48.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.80.

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 $20.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 0.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 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. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. 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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3. As of noon trading, Agrium ( AGU) is up $1.12 (1.3%) to $86.54 on heavy volume. Thus far, 777,966 shares of Agrium exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 972,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $85.20-$86.76 after having opened the day at $85.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $85.42.

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 $13.0 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 14.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Agrium a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Agrium as a buy. 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 attractive valuation levels. 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, Mosaic ( MOS) is up $0.91 (2.1%) to $43.42 on average volume. Thus far, 3.6 million shares of Mosaic exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $42.51-$43.59 after having opened the day at $42.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.51.

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 $12.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 24.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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. Get the full Mosaic Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan ( POT) is up $0.57 (1.9%) to $30.50 on heavy volume. Thus far, 7.9 million shares of Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.00-$30.59 after having opened the day at $30.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.93.

Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc., together with its subsidiaries, produces and sells fertilizers and related industrial and feed products primarily in the United States and Canada. The company mines and produces potash, which is used as fertilizer. Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan has a market cap of $26.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 26.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, expanding profit margins, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan 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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