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 1.8%. By the end of trading, PPG Industries rose $3.18 (1.6%) to $196.64 on light volume. Throughout the day, 544,966 shares of PPG Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 916,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $193.38-$196.72 after having opened the day at $195.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $193.46. Other companies within the Chemicals industry that increased today were: Balchem Corporation ( BCPC), up 22.8%, Amyris ( AMRS), up 19.0%, Pacific Ethanol ( PEIX), up 14.9% and BioAmber ( BIOA), up 9.7%.

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 $26.5 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 2.0% 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, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, BioFuel Energy Corporation ( BIOF), down 19.4%, Flexible Solutions International ( FSI), down 5.0%, Braskem ( BAK), down 3.1% and Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan ( POT), down 2.5% , were all laggards within the chemicals industry with Sociedad Quimica Y Minera De Chile ( SQM) being today's chemicals industry laggard.

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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