4 Stocks Pulling The Chemicals Industry Downward

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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%.

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

4. Williams Partners ( WPZ) is one of the companies pushing the Chemicals industry lower today. As of noon trading, Williams Partners is down $0.43 (-0.8%) to $52.66 on light volume. Thus far, 206,900 shares of Williams Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 862,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $52.54-$53.13 after having opened the day at $53.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.09.

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 $23.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 8.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Williams Partners a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 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 disappointing return on equity, generally higher debt management risk and relatively poor performance when compared with the S&P 500 during the past year. Get the full Williams Partners Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Agrium ( AGU) is down $0.60 (-0.7%) to $86.42 on average volume. Thus far, 403,311 shares of Agrium exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 987,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $86.10-$86.86 after having opened the day at $86.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $87.02.

Agrium Inc. engages in the retail of agricultural products and services. The company operates through three segments: Retail, Wholesale, and Advanced Technologies. Agrium has a market cap of $13.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 9.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Agrium a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Agrium 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 and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Agrium Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Mosaic ( MOS) is down $0.37 (-0.8%) to $44.35 on light volume. Thus far, 2.6 million shares of Mosaic exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $43.82-$44.77 after having opened the day at $44.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.72.

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 $13.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 20.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Mosaic a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 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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1. As of noon trading, Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan ( POT) is down $0.28 (-0.9%) to $31.82 on light volume. Thus far, 3.4 million shares of Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $31.63-$31.93 after having opened the day at $31.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.10.

Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc., together with its subsidiaries, produces and sells fertilizers and related industrial and feed products primarily in the United States and Canada. The company mines and produces potash, which is used as fertilizer. Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan has a market cap of $28.0 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 20.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. 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 weak operating cash flow. Get the full Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan 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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