APD, POT, DD, MON And DOW, Pushing Chemicals Industry Downward

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 111 points (0.7%) at 16,536 as of Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,084 issues advancing vs. 856 declining with 147 unchanged.

The Chemicals industry currently sits up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.6%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

5. Air Products & Chemicals ( APD) is one of the companies pushing the Chemicals industry lower today. As of noon trading, Air Products & Chemicals is down $1.08 (-1.0%) to $110.41 on average volume. Thus far, 620,366 shares of Air Products & Chemicals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $110.33-$112.20 after having opened the day at $111.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $111.49.

Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. provides atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance materials, equipment, and services worldwide. The company operates through four segments: Merchant Gases, Tonnage Gases, Electronics and Performance Materials, and Equipment and Energy. Air Products & Chemicals has a market cap of $23.5 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Air Products & Chemicals a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Air Products & Chemicals as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Air Products & Chemicals Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan ( POT) is down $0.36 (-1.1%) to $32.38 on light volume. Thus far, 2.3 million shares of Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.22-$32.82 after having opened the day at $32.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.74.

Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc., together with its subsidiaries, produces and sells fertilizers and related industrial and feed products primarily in the United States and Canada. The company mines and produces potash, which is used as fertilizer. Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan has a market cap of $28.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company ( DD) is down $0.33 (-0.5%) to $62.63 on light volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $62.60-$63.20 after having opened the day at $63.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.96.

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 $59.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.1% 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, 2 analysts rate 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. Get the full E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Monsanto Company ( MON) is down $2.22 (-1.9%) to $113.46 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.3 million shares of Monsanto Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $112.88-$115.05 after having opened the day at $114.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $115.68.

Monsanto Company, together with its subsidiaries, provides agricultural products for farmers worldwide. It operates in two segments, Seeds and Genomics, and Agricultural Productivity. Monsanto Company has a market cap of $61.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Monsanto Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Monsanto Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, increase in stock price during the past year and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Monsanto Company Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Dow Chemical ( DOW) is down $0.33 (-0.8%) to $43.26 on light volume. Thus far, 2.9 million shares of Dow Chemical exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $43.18-$43.79 after having opened the day at $43.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.59.

The Dow Chemical Company manufactures and supplies chemical products for use as raw materials worldwide. Dow Chemical has a market cap of $53.0 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Dow Chemical a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dow Chemical as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Dow Chemical Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 stocks, 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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