3 Stocks Dragging In The Chemicals Industry

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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%. A company within the industry that fell today was Valhi ( VHI), up 2.7%. 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%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

3. CF Industries Holdings ( CF) is one of the companies pushing the Chemicals industry lower today. As of noon trading, CF Industries Holdings is down $2.06 (-0.9%) to $228.00 on heavy volume. Thus far, 754,227 shares of CF Industries Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 770,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $226.49-$230.00 after having opened the day at $230.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $230.06.

CF Industries Holdings, Inc. manufactures and distributes nitrogen and phosphate fertilizer products worldwide. It operates in two segments, Nitrogen and Phosphate. CF Industries Holdings has a market cap of $13.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 0.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate CF Industries Holdings a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

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

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2. As of noon trading, Monsanto Company ( MON) is down $0.71 (-0.6%) to $110.56 on average volume. Thus far, 995,422 shares of Monsanto Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $110.05-$111.19 after having opened the day at $110.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $111.27.

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 $58.4 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 4.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Monsanto Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 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 growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full Monsanto Company Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Dow Chemical ( DOW) is down $0.46 (-1.0%) to $46.38 on average volume. Thus far, 4.5 million shares of Dow Chemical exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.88-$46.55 after having opened the day at $46.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.84.

The Dow Chemical Company manufactures and supplies chemical products for use as raw materials worldwide. Dow Chemical has a market cap of $55.6 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 5.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Dow Chemical a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 11 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, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. 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 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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