Huntsman Corporation (HUN): Today's Featured Chemicals Laggard

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Huntsman Corporation ( HUN) pushed the Chemicals industry lower today making it today's featured Chemicals laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Huntsman Corporation fell $0.26 (-1.1%) to $24.15 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,882,184 shares of Huntsman Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,366,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $23.96-$24.47 after having opened the day at $24.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.41. Other companies within the Chemicals industry that declined today were: China Green Agriculture ( CGA), down 4.8%, Lightbridge ( LTBR), down 4.0%, Methes Energies International ( MEIL), down 3.3% and Ferrellgas Partners ( FGP), down 3.2%.

Huntsman Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells differentiated organic and inorganic chemical products worldwide. The company operates in five segments: Polyurethanes, Performance Products, Advanced Materials, Textile Effects, and Pigments. Huntsman Corporation has a market cap of $5.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 0.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Huntsman Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Huntsman Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, Valhi ( VHI), up 7.4%, FMC Corporation ( FMC), up 6.7%, Minerals Technologies ( MTX), up 6.4% and Penford Corporation ( PENX), up 4.8% , 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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