Chemicals Stocks On The Rise With Help From 3 Stocks

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 68 points (-0.4%) at 17,105 as of Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,162 issues advancing vs. 1,797 declining with 186 unchanged.

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

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

3. Methanex ( MEOH) is one of the companies pushing the Chemicals industry higher today. As of noon trading, Methanex is up $1.27 (1.9%) to $68.89 on light volume. Thus far, 202,922 shares of Methanex exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 731,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $67.57-$68.89 after having opened the day at $67.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $67.62.

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Methanex Corporation produces, supplies, and sells methanol to petrochemical producers and distributors in the Asia Pacific, North America, Europe, and South America. It also purchases and re-sells methanol produced by others on the spot market. Methanex has a market cap of $6.5 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 14.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Methanex a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Methanex 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, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Methanex Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Agrium ( AGU) is up $2.31 (2.5%) to $94.60 on heavy volume. Thus far, 897,089 shares of Agrium exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 558,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $92.55-$95.10 after having opened the day at $93.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $92.29.

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Agrium Inc. produces, retails, and distributes the crop nutrients, crop protection products, seeds, and agronomics primarily in North America, South America, Europe, and Australia. The company operates through two segments, Retail and Wholesale. Agrium has a market cap of $13.4 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 0.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Agrium a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Agrium as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures 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 Agrium Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, CF Industries Holdings ( CF) is up $18.52 (7.2%) to $274.30 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.2 million shares of CF Industries Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 595,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $260.33-$275.14 after having opened the day at $267.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $255.78.

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CF Industries Holdings, Inc. manufactures and distributes nitrogen and phosphate fertilizer products worldwide. It operates in two segments, Nitrogen and Phosphate. CF Industries Holdings has a market cap of $12.8 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 9.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate CF Industries Holdings a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CF Industries Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. Get the full CF Industries Holdings 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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