3 Stocks Underperforming Today In The Chemicals Industry

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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 15 points (0.1%) at 17,122 as of Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,632 issues advancing vs. 1,319 declining with 192 unchanged.

The Chemicals industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged.

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

3. PPG Industries ( PPG) is one of the companies pushing the Chemicals industry lower today. As of noon trading, PPG Industries is down $1.36 (-0.7%) to $205.10 on light volume. Thus far, 168,383 shares of PPG Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 533,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $204.93-$206.65 after having opened the day at $206.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $206.46.

PPG Industries, Inc. manufactures and distributes coatings, optical and specialty materials, and glass products. The company operates in five segments: Performance Coatings, Industrial Coatings, Architectural Coatings, Optical and Specialty Materials, and Glass. PPG Industries has a market cap of $28.4 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 8.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate PPG Industries a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PPG Industries as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full PPG Industries Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Air Products & Chemicals ( APD) is down $0.92 (-0.7%) to $132.48 on average volume. Thus far, 543,671 shares of Air Products & Chemicals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $132.39-$133.79 after having opened the day at $133.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $133.40.

Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. provides atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance materials, equipment, and services worldwide. The company operates through four segments: Merchant Gases, Tonnage Gases, Electronics and Performance Materials, and Equipment and Energy. Air Products & Chemicals has a market cap of $28.4 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 19.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Air Products & Chemicals a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Air Products & Chemicals as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, revenue growth, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Air Products & Chemicals Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Monsanto ( MON) is down $0.72 (-0.6%) to $116.40 on average volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Monsanto exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $116.33-$117.61 after having opened the day at $117.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $117.12.

Monsanto Company, together with its subsidiaries, provides agricultural products for farmers worldwide. It operates in two segments, Seeds and Genomics, and Agricultural Productivity. Monsanto has a market cap of $61.6 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 0.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Monsanto a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Monsanto as a buy. 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, expanding profit margins, notable return on equity and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Monsanto 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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