FMC Corporation (FMC): Today's Featured Chemicals Winner

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FMC Corporation ( FMC) pushed the Chemicals industry higher today making it today's featured chemicals winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, FMC Corporation rose $1.21 (1.6%) to $79.14 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,224,302 shares of FMC Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 973,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $77.70-$79.18 after having opened the day at $77.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.93. Other companies within the Chemicals industry that increased today were: BioFuel Energy Corporation ( BIOF), up 21.0%, China Green Agriculture ( CGA), up 6.3%, Pacific Ethanol ( PEIX), up 6.0% and Amyris ( AMRS), up 5.8%.

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 $10.5 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 4.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate FMC Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 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.

On the negative front, Synthesis Energy Sys ( SYMX), down 5.0%, OCI Partners ( OCIP), down 2.8%, Rentech ( RTK), down 2.7% and Ferrellgas Partners ( FGP), down 2.5% , were all laggards within the chemicals industry with RPM International ( RPM) being today's chemicals industry laggard.

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