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Sigma-Aldrich Corporation ( SIAL) pushed the Chemicals industry higher today making it today's featured chemicals winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Sigma-Aldrich Corporation rose $2.02 (2.2%) to $94.19 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 925,690 shares of Sigma-Aldrich Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 589,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $92.22-$94.78 after having opened the day at $92.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $92.17. Other companies within the Chemicals industry that increased today were: Amyris ( AMRS), up 16.0%, Pacific Ethanol ( PEIX), up 11.0%, Solazyme ( SZYM), up 7.9% and Synthesis Energy Sys ( SYMX), up 5.8%.

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 $11.0 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 25.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 negative front, Methes Energies International ( MEIL), down 6.7%, GSE ( GSE), down 4.4%, Terra Nitrogen Company L.P ( TNH), down 3.5% and Lightbridge ( LTBR), down 2.5%.

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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