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Methanex ( MEOH) pushed the Chemicals industry lower today making it today's featured Chemicals laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Methanex fell $1.94 (-3.0%) to $62.00 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 3,423,561 shares of Methanex exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 857,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $60.53-$63.44 after having opened the day at $60.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.94. Other companies within the Chemicals industry that declined today were: BioAmber ( BIOA), down 4.2%, Senomyx ( SNMX), down 4.1%, Kraton Performance Polymers ( KRA), down 3.6% and American Vanguard ( AVD), down 3.1%.

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 $5.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that 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.

On the positive front, Ikonics ( IKNX), up 7.8%, Lightbridge ( LTBR), up 7.4%, Pacific Ethanol ( PEIX), up 6.0% and Penford ( PENX), up 5.0% , were all gainers within the chemicals industry with LyondellBasell Industries ( LYB) being today's featured chemicals industry leader.

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