5 Stocks Raising The Chemicals Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 22 points (0.1%) at 15,424 as of Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,875 issues advancing vs. 1,030 declining with 132 unchanged.

The Chemicals industry currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include International Flavors & Fragrances ( IFF), up 1.6%, and Sigma-Aldrich Corporation ( SIAL), up 1.1%.

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

5. Celanese Corporation ( CE) is one of the companies pushing the Chemicals industry higher today. As of noon trading, Celanese Corporation is up $0.96 (1.9%) to $51.84 on light volume. Thus far, 366,261 shares of Celanese Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $50.63-$51.91 after having opened the day at $50.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.88.

Celanese Corporation engages in manufacture and sale of value-added chemicals, thermoplastic polymers, and other chemical-based products. The company operates in four segments: Advanced Engineered Materials, Consumer Specialties, Industrial Specialties, and Acetyl Intermediates. Celanese Corporation has a market cap of $8.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 15.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Celanese Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Celanese Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Celanese Corporation Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, PPG Industries ( PPG) is up $1.55 (0.9%) to $164.97 on average volume. Thus far, 310,804 shares of PPG Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 651,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $163.21-$165.11 after having opened the day at $164.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $163.42.

PPG Industries, Inc. operates as a coatings and specialty products company. PPG Industries has a market cap of $23.8 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 22.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate PPG Industries a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PPG Industries 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, good cash flow from operations 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 PPG Industries Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, CF Industries Holdings ( CF) is up $1.73 (0.8%) to $209.62 on average volume. Thus far, 481,956 shares of CF Industries Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $206.78-$210.21 after having opened the day at $208.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $207.89.

CF Industries Holdings, Inc. manufactures and distributes nitrogen and phosphate fertilizer products worldwide. It operates in two segments, Nitrogen and Phosphate. CF Industries Holdings has a market cap of $11.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 2.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate CF Industries Holdings a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CF Industries Holdings 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, notable return on equity, attractive 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 CF Industries Holdings Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Dow Chemical ( DOW) is up $0.33 (0.8%) to $39.57 on average volume. Thus far, 3.3 million shares of Dow Chemical exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.98-$39.60 after having opened the day at $39.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.24.

The Dow Chemical Company manufactures and supplies chemical products for use as raw materials worldwide. Dow Chemical has a market cap of $48.0 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 22.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Dow Chemical a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dow Chemical as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Dow Chemical Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company ( DD) is up $0.41 (0.7%) to $59.82 on light volume. Thus far, 1.0 million shares of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $59.18-$59.82 after having opened the day at $59.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.41.

E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company operates as a science and technology based company worldwide. Its Agriculture segment provides corn hybrid, soybean, canola, sunflower, sorghum, inoculants, wheat, and rice seed products under the Pioneer brand; and herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides. E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company has a market cap of $54.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 32.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company 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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