E.I. Du Pont De Nemours & Company (DD): Today's Featured Chemicals Laggard

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E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company ( DD) pushed the Chemicals industry lower today making it today's featured Chemicals laggard. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company fell $0.74 (-1.1%) to $65.88 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,840,011 shares of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,358,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $65.41-$66.56 after having opened the day at $65.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.62. Other companies within the Chemicals industry that declined today were: GSE ( GSE), down 13.9%, Senomyx ( SNMX), down 7.3%, Ceres ( CERE), down 5.6% and Methes Energies International ( MEIL), down 5.0%.

E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company operates as a science and technology based company worldwide. Its Agriculture segment provides corn hybrid, soybean, canola, sunflower, sorghum, inoculants, wheat, and rice seed products under the Pioneer brand; and herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides. E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company has a market cap of $61.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 2.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, BioFuel Energy Corporation ( BIOF), up 16.5%, Pacific Ethanol ( PEIX), up 9.9%, Lightbridge ( LTBR), up 7.4% and Amyris ( AMRS), up 5.0% , were all gainers within the chemicals industry with CF Industries Holdings ( CF) being today's featured chemicals industry leader.

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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