E.I. Du Pont De Nemours & Company (DD): Today's Featured Basic Materials Laggard

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E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company ( DD) pushed the Basic Materials sector lower today making it today's featured Basic Materials laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company fell $1.24 (-2.0%) to $60.50 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,676,704 shares of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,056,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $60.32-$61.50 after having opened the day at $61.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.74. Other companies within the Basic Materials sector that declined today were: Augusta Resource Corporation ( AZC), down 14.6%, Timmins Gold ( TGD), down 9.7%, James River Coal Company ( JRCC), down 9.2% and Exeter Resource Corporation ( XRA), down 8.9%.

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 $56.8 billion and is part of the chemicals industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 37.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 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 solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, REX American Resources ( REX), up 22.3%, Quaterra Resources ( QMM), up 14.0%, Clayton Williams Energy ( CWEI), up 9.3% and Mountain Province Diamonds ( MDM), up 8.9% , were all gainers within the basic materials sector with National Oilwell Varco ( NOV) being today's featured basic materials sector leader.

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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