Air Products & Chemicals Inc (APD): Today's Featured Chemicals Winner

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Air Products & Chemicals ( APD) pushed the Chemicals industry higher today making it today's featured chemicals winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.9%. By the end of trading, Air Products & Chemicals rose $5.06 (4.5%) to $116.93 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 3,023,089 shares of Air Products & Chemicals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,052,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $110.61-$117.04 after having opened the day at $110.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $111.87. Other companies within the Chemicals industry that increased today were: Synthesis Energy Sys ( SYMX), up 19.2%, Amyris ( AMRS), up 7.5%, Innospec ( IOSP), up 7.1% and Innophos Holdings ( IPHS), up 6.2%.

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 $23.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 0.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 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 expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share, solid stock price performance and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, GSE ( GSE), down 10.0%, Intrepid Potash ( IPI), down 8.8%, Metabolix ( MBLX), down 4.8% and Flexible Solutions International ( FSI), down 2.9% , were all laggards within the chemicals industry with Olin Corporation ( OLN) being today's chemicals industry laggard.

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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