3 Stocks Pushing The Chemicals Industry Downward

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 22 points (0.1%) at 17,010 as of Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 891 issues advancing vs. 2,107 declining with 158 unchanged.

The Chemicals industry currently sits down 1.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%.

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

3. Williams Partners ( WPZ) is one of the companies pushing the Chemicals industry lower today. As of noon trading, Williams Partners is down $0.42 (-0.8%) to $53.45 on average volume. Thus far, 430,193 shares of Williams Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 951,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $53.20-$53.69 after having opened the day at $53.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.87.

Williams Partners L.P., an energy infrastructure company, focuses on connecting North America's hydrocarbon resource plays to growing markets for natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGL). It operates in Northeast G&P, Atlantic-Gulf, West, and NGL & Petchem Services segments. Williams Partners has a market cap of $24.0 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 5.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Williams Partners a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Williams Partners as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. Get the full Williams Partners Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Celanese ( CE) is down $0.55 (-0.9%) to $59.80 on light volume. Thus far, 335,732 shares of Celanese exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $59.56-$60.60 after having opened the day at $60.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $60.35.

Celanese Corporation, a technology and specialty materials company, manufactures and sells value-added chemicals, thermoplastic polymers, and other chemical-based products worldwide. Celanese has a market cap of $9.5 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 9.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Celanese a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Celanese as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Celanese Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Sherwin-Williams ( SHW) is down $1.14 (-0.5%) to $214.41 on average volume. Thus far, 194,664 shares of Sherwin-Williams exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 490,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $213.61-$215.91 after having opened the day at $215.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $215.55.

The Sherwin-Williams Company is engaged in the development, manufacture, distribution, and sale of paints, coatings, and related products to professional, industrial, commercial, and retail customers worldwide. Sherwin-Williams has a market cap of $21.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 17.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Sherwin-Williams a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sherwin-Williams as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Sherwin-Williams 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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