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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2. As of noon trading, FMC Corporation ( FMC) is up $4.50 (5.8%) to $82.38 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of FMC Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 905,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $81.44-$83.94 after having opened the day at $83.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.87.

FMC Corporation, a diversified chemical company, provides solutions, applications, and products for agricultural, consumer, and industrial markets. It operates in three segments: FMC Agricultural Solutions, FMC Health and Nutrition, and FMC Minerals. FMC Corporation has a market cap of $10.4 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 3.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate FMC Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates FMC Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full FMC Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, CF Industries Holdings ( CF) is up $3.06 (1.2%) to $264.15 on average volume. Thus far, 520,326 shares of CF Industries Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 905,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $257.64-$264.21 after having opened the day at $260.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $261.09.

CF Industries Holdings, Inc. manufactures and distributes nitrogen and phosphate fertilizer products worldwide. It operates in two segments, Nitrogen and Phosphate. CF Industries Holdings has a market cap of $14.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 13.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate CF Industries Holdings a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CF Industries Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. Get the full CF Industries Holdings Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 stocks, 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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