KRO, AGU And MEOH, 3 Chemicals Stocks Pushing The Industry Lower

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 67 points (0.4%) at 16,436 as of Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,992 issues advancing vs. 961 declining with 169 unchanged.

The Chemicals industry currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.4%. A company within the industry that increased today was Sherwin-Williams ( SHW), up 0.7%.

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

3. Kronos Worldwide ( KRO) is one of the companies pushing the Chemicals industry lower today. As of noon trading, Kronos Worldwide is down $0.47 (-3.0%) to $15.22 on light volume. Thus far, 93,593 shares of Kronos Worldwide exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 267,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $15.20-$15.80 after having opened the day at $15.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.69.

Kronos Worldwide, Inc. produces and markets titanium dioxide pigments (TiO2) worldwide. Kronos Worldwide has a market cap of $1.8 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 17.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Kronos Worldwide a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kronos Worldwide as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase 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 disappointing return on equity, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins. Get the full Kronos Worldwide Ratings Report now.

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