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The Chemicals industry as a whole closed the day down 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.7%. Laggards within the Chemicals industry included Metabolix ( MBLX), down 3.2%, Ikonics ( IKNX), down 3.3%, Methes Energies International ( MEIL), down 2.8%, Lightbridge ( LTBR), down 5.6% and Gulf Resources ( GURE), down 5.3%.

TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks that pushed the industry lower today:

OM Group ( OMG) is one of the companies that pushed the Chemicals industry lower today. OM Group was down $0.58 (1.7%) to $32.60 on average volume. Throughout the day, 148,246 shares of OM Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 165,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $32.39-$33.14 after having opened the day at $33.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.17.

OM Group, Inc. operates as a technology-driven industrial company worldwide. It operates through Magnetic Technologies, Battery Technologies, and Specialty Chemicals segments. OM Group has a market cap of $1.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 8.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate OM Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates OM Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and relatively poor performance when compared with the S&P 500 during the past year.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on OMG go as follows:

  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Chemicals industry. The net income increased by 104.7% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$109.71 million to $5.20 million.
  • OMG has no debt to speak of therefore resulting in a debt-to-equity ratio of zero, which we consider to be a relatively favorable sign. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.21, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • OM GROUP INC reported significant earnings per share improvement 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, OM GROUP INC reported poor results of -$2.23 versus -$1.21 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.35 versus -$2.23).
  • In its most recent trading session, OMG has closed at a price level that was not very different from its closing price of one year earlier. This is probably due to its weak earnings growth as well as other mixed factors. We feel that the combination of its price rise over the last year and its current price-to-earnings ratio relative to its industry tend to reduce its upside potential.
  • The gross profit margin for OM GROUP INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 30.57%. Regardless of OMG's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, OMG's net profit margin of 1.98% is significantly lower than the industry average.

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

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At the close, Gulf Resources ( GURE) was down $0.11 (5.3%) to $1.99 on light volume. Throughout the day, 89,320 shares of Gulf Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 164,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.97-$2.10 after having opened the day at $2.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.10.

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 $82.9 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 8.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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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 7.1%. 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 conjunction, when comparing current results to the industry average, GULF RESOURCES INC has marginally lower results.

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

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Metabolix ( MBLX) was another company that pushed the Chemicals industry lower today. Metabolix was down $0.03 (3.2%) to $0.79 on average volume. Throughout the day, 57,536 shares of Metabolix exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 69,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.76-$0.88 after having opened the day at $0.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.82.

Metabolix, Inc., a bioscience company, focuses on delivering sustainable solutions to the plastics and chemicals industries. It produces a family of biopolymers found in nature called polyhydroxyalkanoates, which occur naturally in living organisms and are chemically similar to polyesters. Metabolix has a market cap of $30.8 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 35.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Metabolix a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Metabolix as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on MBLX go as follows:

  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed against the S&P 500 and did not exceed that of the Chemicals industry. The net income has decreased by 20.6% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from -$6.76 million to -$8.15 million.
  • 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 Chemicals industry and the overall market, METABOLIX INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has declined marginally to -$8.97 million or 5.49% when compared to the same quarter last year. In conjunction, when comparing current results to the industry average, METABOLIX INC has marginally lower results.
  • Looking at the price performance of MBLX's shares over the past 12 months, there is not much good news to report: the stock is down 40.67%, and it has underformed the S&P 500 Index. In addition, the company's earnings per share are lower today than the year-earlier 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.
  • METABOLIX INC's earnings per share declined by 15.0% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past year. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, METABOLIX INC swung to a loss, reporting -$0.88 versus $0.10 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$0.84 versus -$0.88).

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

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