Axiall Corp (AXLL): Today's Featured Chemicals Laggard

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Axiall ( AXLL) pushed the Chemicals industry lower today making it today's featured Chemicals laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Axiall fell $0.61 (-1.4%) to $41.36 on average volume. Throughout the day, 985,279 shares of Axiall exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,236,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $41.34-$42.34 after having opened the day at $41.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.97. Other companies within the Chemicals industry that declined today were: Ceres ( CERE), down 11.3%, BioAmber ( BIOA), down 10.6%, Lightbridge ( LTBR), down 4.8% and PetroLogistics ( PDH), down 2.4%.

Axiall Corporation operates as an integrated chemicals and building products company in North America and Asia. Axiall has a market cap of $2.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 2.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Axiall a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Axiall as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Gevo ( GEVO), up 8.6%, Amyris ( AMRS), up 6.1%, Gulf Resources ( GURE), up 4.8% and Flotek Industries ( FTK), up 4.6% , were all gainers within the chemicals industry with Dow Chemical ( DOW) being today's featured chemicals industry leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, 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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