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All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 26 points (0.2%) at 16,807 as of Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,847 issues advancing vs. 1,167 declining with 138 unchanged.

The Chemicals industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.2%. Top gainers within the Chemicals industry included Methes Energies International ( MEIL), up 1.5%, Ceres ( CERE), up 2.8%, China Green Agriculture ( CGA), up 3.1%, Gulf Resources ( GURE), up 2.6% and Arabian American Development ( ARSD), up 3.2%.

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

Gulf Resources ( GURE) is one of the companies that pushed the Chemicals industry higher today. Gulf Resources was up $0.05 (2.6%) to $1.98 on light volume. Throughout the day, 78,876 shares of Gulf Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 237,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.90-$1.99 after having opened the day at $1.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.93.

Gulf Resources, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and trades in bromine and crude salt products in the People's Republic of China. It operates in three segments: Bromine, Crude Salt, and Chemical Products. Gulf Resources has a market cap of $76.7 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 15.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Gulf Resources a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Gulf Resources as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that we feel that the company's cash flow from its operations has been weak overall.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on GURE go as follows:

  • GURE's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 11.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 13.7%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • GURE's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.01 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 15.58, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • GULF RESOURCES INC reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past year. During the past fiscal year, GULF RESOURCES INC increased its bottom line by earning $0.54 versus $0.43 in the prior year.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. In comparison to the other companies in the Chemicals industry and the overall market, GULF RESOURCES INC's return on equity is significantly below that of the industry average and is below that of the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has declined marginally to $12.82 million or 3.95% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Gulf Resources Ratings Report

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At the close, China Green Agriculture ( CGA) was up $0.07 (3.1%) to $2.35 on light volume. Throughout the day, 58,021 shares of China Green Agriculture exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 126,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $2.28-$2.37 after having opened the day at $2.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.28.

China Green Agriculture, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is engaged in the research, development, production, distribution, and sale of various types of fertilizers and agricultural products primarily in the People's Republic of China. China Green Agriculture has a market cap of $73.5 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 36.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate China Green Agriculture a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates China Green Agriculture as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CGA go as follows:

  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 11.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 6.7%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • CGA's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.09 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. To add to this, CGA has a quick ratio of 2.07, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • 48.02% is the gross profit margin for CHINA GREEN AGRICULTURE INC which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 10.25% trails the industry average.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Chemicals industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 46.2% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $13.41 million to $7.21 million.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. In comparison to the other companies in the Chemicals industry and the overall market, CHINA GREEN AGRICULTURE INC's return on equity is significantly below that of the industry average and is below that of the S&P 500.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: China Green Agriculture Ratings Report

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Ceres ( CERE) was another company that pushed the Chemicals industry higher today. Ceres was up $0.02 (2.8%) to $0.68 on light volume. Throughout the day, 105,599 shares of Ceres exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 430,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.66-$0.68 after having opened the day at $0.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.66.

Ceres, Inc., an agricultural biotechnology company, develops and sells energy crops to produce renewable bioenergy feedstocks in North America. Ceres has a market cap of $33.0 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 50.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Ceres a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ceres as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CERE go as follows:

  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, CERES INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • CERE's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 82.50%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.
  • CERE, with its very weak revenue results, has greatly underperformed against the industry average of 3.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues plummeted by 51.7%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • CERES INC has improved earnings per share by 19.4% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, CERES INC reported poor results of -$1.31 versus -$1.22 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$0.90 versus -$1.31).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry average, but is less than that of the S&P 500. The net income increased by 19.4% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from -$8.97 million to -$7.23 million.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Ceres Ratings Report

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