3 Chemicals Stocks Moving The Industry Upward

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 69 points (-0.4%) at 16,384 as of Monday, March 10, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 999 issues advancing vs. 1,928 declining with 160 unchanged.

The Chemicals industry currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. A company within the industry that increased today was Valhi ( VHI), up 5.3%. A company within the industry that fell today was Sociedad Quimica Y Minera De Chile SA ADR ( SQM), up 1.7%.

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

3. Williams Partners ( WPZ) is one of the companies pushing the Chemicals industry higher today. As of noon trading, Williams Partners is up $0.25 (0.5%) to $49.96 on light volume. Thus far, 233,904 shares of Williams Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 695,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $49.59-$50.15 after having opened the day at $49.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.71.

Williams Partners L.P., an energy infrastructure company, focuses on connecting North America's hydrocarbon resource plays to growing markets for natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGL). It operates in two segments, Gas Pipeline and Midstream Gas & Liquids. Williams Partners has a market cap of $21.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 2.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Williams Partners a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Williams Partners as a buy. Among the primary strengths of the company is its expanding profit margins over time. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Williams Partners Ratings Report now.

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