PPG Industries Inc. (PPG): Today's Featured Chemicals Winner

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PPG Industries ( PPG) pushed the Chemicals industry higher today making it today's featured chemicals winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, PPG Industries rose $2.25 (1.2%) to $190.77 on average volume. Throughout the day, 827,736 shares of PPG Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 902,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $188.30-$192.00 after having opened the day at $188.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $188.52. Other companies within the Chemicals industry that increased today were: Platform Specialty Products ( PAH), up 4.5%, REX American Resources ( REX), up 4.5%, Rockwood Holdings ( ROC), up 3.9% and Gevo ( GEVO), up 3.1%.

PPG Industries, Inc. operates as a coatings and specialty products company. PPG Industries has a market cap of $26.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 0.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate PPG Industries a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PPG Industries as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance and increase in net income. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the negative front, Flexible Solutions International ( FSI), down 15.9%, Synthesis Energy Sys ( SYMX), down 6.2%, Braskem ( BAK), down 3.7% and BioFuel Energy Corporation ( BIOF), down 3.1%.

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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