Mosaic Co (MOS): Today's Featured Chemicals Laggard

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Mosaic ( MOS) pushed the Chemicals industry lower today making it today's featured Chemicals laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, Mosaic fell $0.76 (-1.7%) to $43.44 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5,439,579 shares of Mosaic exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,893,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $43.27-$44.06 after having opened the day at $43.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.19. Other companies within the Chemicals industry that declined today were: Valhi ( VHI), down 5.4%, Methes Energies International ( MEIL), down 3.5%, China Green Agriculture ( CGA), down 3.2% and Aceto Corporation ( ACET), down 2.8%.

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 $13.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 21.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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.

On the positive front, Marrone Bio Innovations ( MBII), up 5.0%, REX American Resources ( REX), up 3.5%, GSE ( GSE), up 3.0% and PolyOne Corporation ( POL), up 1.8% , were all gainers within the chemicals industry with Cytec Industries ( CYT) being today's featured chemicals industry leader.

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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