LyondellBasell Industries NV (LYB): Today's Featured Chemicals Laggard

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LyondellBasell Industries ( LYB) pushed the Chemicals industry lower today making it today's featured Chemicals laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.1%. By the end of trading, LyondellBasell Industries fell $2.46 (-3.1%) to $77.76 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 10,488,622 shares of LyondellBasell Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,136,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $76.49-$80.19 after having opened the day at $80.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $80.22. Other companies within the Chemicals industry that declined today were: Synthesis Energy Sys ( SYMX), down 9.3%, Ikonics Corporation ( IKNX), down 8.5%, China Green Agriculture ( CGA), down 7.3% and Gulf Resources ( GURE), down 7.2%.

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 $44.8 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 11 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, BioAmber ( BIOA), up 18.5%, Senomyx ( SNMX), up 4.7%, Penford Corporation ( PENX), up 3.2% and Methes Energies International ( MEIL), up 2.9%.

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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