LyondellBasell Industries NV (LYB): Today's Featured Basic Materials Winner

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LyondellBasell Industries ( LYB) pushed the Basic Materials sector higher today making it today's featured basic materials winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, LyondellBasell Industries rose $1.41 (1.9%) to $75.39 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,918,230 shares of LyondellBasell Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,647,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $73.65-$75.47 after having opened the day at $73.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $73.98. Other companies within the Basic Materials sector that increased today were: Platinum Group Metal ( PLG), up 15.9%, Kimber Resources ( KBX), up 15.5%, Kimber Resources ( KBXR), up 15.5% and Prospect Global Resources ( PGRX), up 12.4%.

LyondellBasell Industries N.V., together with its subsidiaries, manufacturers and sells chemicals and polymers; refines crude oil; produces gasoline blending components; and develops and licenses technologies for the production of polymers. LyondellBasell Industries has a market cap of $41.3 billion and is part of the chemicals industry. Shares are up 26.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate LyondellBasell Industries a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates LyondellBasell Industries as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, GeoPetro Resources Company ( GPR), down 25.8%, Andatee China Marine Fuel Services Corporat ( AMCF), down 16.7%, Quaterra Resources ( QMM), down 13.3% and Cardero Resources Corporation ( CDY), down 9.9% , were all laggards within the basic materials sector with MarkWest Energy Partners ( MWE) being today's basic materials sector laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the basic materials sector could consider Materials Select Sector SPDR ( XLB) while those bearish on the basic materials sector could consider ProShares Short Basic Materials Fd ( SBM).

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