5 Chemicals Stocks Nudging The Industry Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 56 points (-0.3%) at 15,939 as of Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,598 issues advancing vs. 1,323 declining with 154 unchanged.

The Chemicals industry currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include Valspar Corporation ( VAL), up 6.3%, Sociedad Quimica Y Minera De Chile ( SQM), up 1.6% and Williams Partners ( WPZ), up 0.3%. A company within the industry that fell today was Valhi ( VHI), up 2.7%.

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

5. Celanese Corporation ( CE) is one of the companies pushing the Chemicals industry higher today. As of noon trading, Celanese Corporation is up $0.89 (1.7%) to $52.15 on average volume. Thus far, 472,883 shares of Celanese Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $51.46-$52.46 after having opened the day at $51.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.26.

Celanese Corporation engages in manufacture and sale of value-added chemicals, thermoplastic polymers, and other chemical-based products. The company operates in four segments: Advanced Engineered Materials, Consumer Specialties, Industrial Specialties, and Acetyl Intermediates. Celanese Corporation has a market cap of $8.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 7.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Celanese Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Celanese Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Celanese Corporation Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Sherwin-Williams Company ( SHW) is up $3.30 (1.8%) to $186.72 on average volume. Thus far, 336,710 shares of Sherwin-Williams Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 684,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $184.21-$186.96 after having opened the day at $184.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $183.42.

The Sherwin-Williams Company engages in the development, manufacture, distribution, and sale of paints, coatings, and related products to professional, industrial, commercial, and retail customers primarily in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean region. Sherwin-Williams Company has a market cap of $18.5 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 0.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Sherwin-Williams Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sherwin-Williams Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Sherwin-Williams Company Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Eastman Chemical Company ( EMN) is up $1.27 (1.6%) to $81.08 on light volume. Thus far, 533,419 shares of Eastman Chemical Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $79.85-$81.41 after having opened the day at $79.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $79.81.

Eastman Chemical Company, a specialty chemical company, engages in the manufacture and sale of chemicals, plastics, and fibers in the United States and internationally. Eastman Chemical Company has a market cap of $12.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 1.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate Eastman Chemical Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Eastman Chemical Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Eastman Chemical Company Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan ( POT) is up $0.16 (0.5%) to $33.94 on light volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.52-$34.10 after having opened the day at $33.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.78.

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 $28.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 2.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 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 largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. 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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1. As of noon trading, LyondellBasell Industries ( LYB) is up $0.66 (0.8%) to $82.34 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of LyondellBasell Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $81.70-$82.54 after having opened the day at $81.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $81.68.

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. Shares are up 1.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 11 analysts who 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full LyondellBasell Industries Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 5 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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