3 Chemicals Stocks On The Rise

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 14 points (0.1%) at 16,515 as of Thursday, April 24, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,645 issues advancing vs. 1,332 declining with 182 unchanged.

The Chemicals industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. A company within the industry that fell today was Dow Chemical ( DOW), up 0.8%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

3. Scotts Miracle Gro ( SMG) is one of the companies pushing the Chemicals industry higher today. As of noon trading, Scotts Miracle Gro is up $1.79 (3.0%) to $61.01 on average volume. Thus far, 194,121 shares of Scotts Miracle Gro exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 342,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $60.20-$61.54 after having opened the day at $60.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.22.

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company is engaged in manufacturing, marketing, and selling consumer lawn and garden care products. Scotts Miracle Gro has a market cap of $3.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 4.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Scotts Miracle Gro a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Scotts Miracle Gro as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share, solid stock price performance and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Scotts Miracle Gro Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Methanex ( MEOH) is up $1.89 (3.1%) to $61.80 on average volume. Thus far, 517,524 shares of Methanex exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 926,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $59.99-$62.18 after having opened the day at $59.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.91.

Methanex Corporation produces, supplies, and sells methanol to petrochemical producers and distributors in the Asia Pacific, North America, Europe, and South America. It also purchases and re-sells methanol produced by others on the spot market. Methanex has a market cap of $6.0 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 1.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Methanex a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Methanex as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Methanex Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Sigma-Aldrich ( SIAL) is up $1.64 (1.8%) to $95.46 on average volume. Thus far, 343,916 shares of Sigma-Aldrich exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 632,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $94.89-$97.64 after having opened the day at $95.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $93.82.

Sigma-Aldrich Corporation, a life science and high technology company, develops, manufactures, purchases, and distributes various chemicals, biochemicals, and equipment worldwide. Sigma-Aldrich has a market cap of $11.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 0.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Sigma-Aldrich a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sigma-Aldrich as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Sigma-Aldrich 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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