E.I. Du Pont De Nemours & Company (DD): Today's Featured Basic Materials Winner

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E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company ( DD) pushed the Basic Materials sector higher today making it today's featured basic materials winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company rose $0.82 (1.2%) to $67.72 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,976,591 shares of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,628,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $67.20-$67.95 after having opened the day at $67.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.90. Other companies within the Basic Materials sector that increased today were: Lightbridge ( LTBR), up 20.2%, Sonde Resources ( SOQ), up 9.5%, Senomyx ( SNMX), up 8.5% and FX Energy ( FXEN), up 8.0%.

E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company operates as a science and technology based company worldwide. Its Agriculture segment provides corn hybrid, soybean, canola, sunflower, sorghum, inoculants, wheat, and rice seed products under the Pioneer brand; and herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides. E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company has a market cap of $61.0 billion and is part of the chemicals industry. Shares are up 3.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, James River Coal Company ( JRCC), down 12.9%, Agnico Eagle Mines ( AEM), down 8.6%, Comstock Mining ( LODE), down 5.2% and Compressco Partners ( GSJK), down 5.1% , were all laggards within the basic materials sector with Seadrill ( SDRL) being today's basic materials sector laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the basic materials sector could consider Materials Select Sector SPDR ( XLB) while those bearish on the basic materials sector could consider ProShares Short Basic Materials Fd ( SBM).

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