Huntsman Corporation (HUN): Today's Featured Chemicals Winner

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Huntsman Corporation ( HUN) pushed the Chemicals industry higher today making it today's featured chemicals winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Huntsman Corporation rose $0.24 (1.4%) to $18.00 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,659,502 shares of Huntsman Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,493,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $17.55-$18.17 after having opened the day at $17.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.76. Other companies within the Chemicals industry that increased today were: Methes Energies International ( MEIL), up 12.5%, BioFuel Energy Corporation ( BIOF), up 6.0%, BioAmber ( BIOA), up 5.3% and Lightbridge ( LTBR), up 4.2%.

Huntsman Corporation and its subsidiaries engage in the manufacture and sale of differentiated organic and inorganic chemical products worldwide. The company operates in five segments: Polyurethanes, Performance Products, Advanced Materials, Textile Effects, and Pigments. Huntsman Corporation has a market cap of $4.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 11.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Huntsman Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Huntsman Corporation as a buy. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Metabolix ( MBLX), down 3.7%, Penford Corporation ( PENX), down 2.7%, Ferrellgas Partners ( FGP), down 2.7% and Verenium Corporation ( VRNM), down 2.5% , were all laggards within the chemicals industry with Celanese Corporation ( CE) being today's chemicals industry laggard.

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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