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

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LyondellBasell Industries ( LYB) pushed the Chemicals industry higher today making it today's featured chemicals winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.1%. By the end of trading, LyondellBasell Industries rose $1.71 (2.2%) to $80.83 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,439,366 shares of LyondellBasell Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,389,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $79.57-$81.11 after having opened the day at $79.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $79.12. Other companies within the Chemicals industry that increased today were: Synthesis Energy Sys ( SYMX), up 8.0%, Platform Specialty Products ( PAH), up 5.9%, Gulf Resources ( GURE), up 5.3% and Arabian American Development Company ( ARSD), up 5.2%.

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 $42.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 1.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Aceto Corporation ( ACET), down 11.8%, Valhi ( VHI), down 3.6%, Methes Energies International ( MEIL), down 1.9% and GSE ( GSE), down 1.9%.

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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