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 up 1.5%. By the end of trading, PPG Industries rose $3.13 (1.6%) to $200.19 on light volume. Throughout the day, 669,168 shares of PPG Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 940,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $198.68-$200.41 after having opened the day at $199.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $197.06. Other companies within the Chemicals industry that increased today were: REX American Resources ( REX), up 7.8%, Penford Corporation ( PENX), up 6.9%, Balchem Corporation ( BCPC), up 6.1% and OM Group ( OMG), up 5.6%.

PPG Industries, Inc. manufactures and distributes coatings, optical and specialty materials, and glass products. The company operates in five segments: Performance Coatings, Industrial Coatings, Architectural Coatings, Optical and Specialty Materials, and Glass. PPG Industries has a market cap of $27.4 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 3.9% 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 revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, GSE ( GSE), down 20.0%, Ceres ( CERE), down 5.2%, Flexible Solutions International ( FSI), down 3.5% and Terra Nitrogen Company L.P ( TNH), down 2.4%.

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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