Sigma-Aldrich Corporation (SIAL): Today's Featured Chemicals Laggard

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Sigma-Aldrich Corporation ( SIAL) pushed the Chemicals industry lower today making it today's featured Chemicals laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Sigma-Aldrich Corporation fell $1.07 (-1.2%) to $89.88 on average volume. Throughout the day, 672,186 shares of Sigma-Aldrich Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 583,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $89.76-$90.95 after having opened the day at $90.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $90.95. Other companies within the Chemicals industry that declined today were: Methes Energies International ( MEIL), down 13.9%, Flexible Solutions International ( FSI), down 5.4%, Synthesis Energy Sys ( SYMX), down 3.6% and REX American Resources ( REX), down 3.3%.

Sigma-Aldrich Corporation, a life science and high technology company, develops, manufactures, purchases, and distributes various chemicals, biochemicals, and equipment worldwide. Sigma-Aldrich Corporation has a market cap of $10.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 23.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Sigma-Aldrich Corporation a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sigma-Aldrich Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Gevo ( GEVO), up 9.4%, BioFuel Energy Corporation ( BIOF), up 5.8%, Green Plains Renewable Energy ( GPRE), up 5.1% and Lightbridge ( LTBR), up 5.0% , were all gainers within the chemicals industry with Air Products & Chemicals ( APD) being today's featured chemicals industry leader.

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