4 Chemicals Stocks On The Rise

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 70 points (0.5%) at 14,846 as of Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, 12:45 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,865 issues advancing vs. 1,062 declining with 104 unchanged.

The Chemicals industry currently sits up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.6%. A company within the industry that increased today was Sherwin-Williams Company ( SHW), up 1.2%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

4. Braskem ( BAK) is one of the companies pushing the Chemicals industry higher today. As of noon trading, Braskem is up $0.32 (2.2%) to $14.79 on light volume. Thus far, 55,610 shares of Braskem exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 276,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $14.29-$14.84 after having opened the day at $14.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.47.

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 $5.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 8.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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 sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk and poor profit margins. Get the full Braskem Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Westlake Chemical Corporation ( WLK) is up $1.33 (1.3%) to $101.56 on average volume. Thus far, 207,966 shares of Westlake Chemical Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 433,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $100.30-$102.46 after having opened the day at $100.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $100.23.

Westlake Chemical Corporation manufactures and markets basic chemicals, vinyls, polymers, and fabricated building products. It operates in two segments, Olefins and Vinyls. Westlake Chemical Corporation has a market cap of $6.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 26.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Westlake Chemical Corporation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Westlake Chemical Corporation 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, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Westlake Chemical Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Williams Partners ( WPZ) is up $0.48 (1.0%) to $50.00 on light volume. Thus far, 141,018 shares of Williams Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 899,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $49.40-$50.10 after having opened the day at $49.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.52.

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 $21.8 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 1.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Williams Partners a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Williams Partners as a hold. 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. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, disappointing return on equity and generally higher debt management risk. Get the full Williams Partners Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Mosaic ( MOS) is up $0.50 (1.2%) to $41.67 on light volume. Thus far, 1.9 million shares of Mosaic exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $40.97-$41.70 after having opened the day at $41.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.17.

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 $12.6 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 25.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Mosaic a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mosaic as a hold. 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. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Mosaic Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 4 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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