Valspar Corporation (VAL): Today's Featured Chemicals Laggard

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Valspar Corporation ( VAL) pushed the Chemicals industry lower today making it today's featured Chemicals laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.8%. By the end of trading, Valspar Corporation fell $1.12 (-1.8%) to $62.16 on average volume. Throughout the day, 456,223 shares of Valspar Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 539,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $62.06-$63.45 after having opened the day at $63.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.28. Other companies within the Chemicals industry that declined today were: REX American Resources ( REX), down 7.0%, Gevo ( GEVO), down 6.1%, Aceto Corporation ( ACET), down 4.5% and Methes Energies International ( MEIL), down 4.2%.

The Valspar Corporation manufactures and distributes various coatings, paints, and related products worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Coatings and Paints. Valspar Corporation has a market cap of $5.6 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 1.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Valspar Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Valspar Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, revenue growth, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the positive front, BioAmber ( BIOA), up 8.7%, Metabolix ( MBLX), up 4.7%, Penford Corporation ( PENX), up 4.2% and BioFuel Energy Corporation ( BIOF), up 4.0%.

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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