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All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 57 points (0.3%) at 17,541 as of Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, 3:25 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,656 issues advancing vs. 1,351 declining with 158 unchanged.

The Chemicals industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.2%. Top gainers within the Chemicals industry included Ikonics ( IKNX), up 1.8%, Ceres ( CERE), up 2.5%, Lightbridge ( LTBR), up 15.9%, Gulf Resources ( GURE), up 2.4% and Gevo ( GEVO), up 2.4%.

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

Gevo ( GEVO) is one of the companies that pushed the Chemicals industry higher today. Gevo was up $0.01 (2.4%) to $0.32 on light volume. Throughout the day, 386,664 shares of Gevo exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 863,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.30-$0.33 after having opened the day at $0.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.31.

Gevo, Inc., a renewable chemicals and biofuels company, focuses primarily on the production and sale of isobutanol and related products from renewable feedstocks. Gevo has a market cap of $22.6 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 78.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Gevo a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Gevo as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on GEVO go as follows:

  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and greatly underperformed compared to the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry average. The net income has decreased by 12.7% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from -$15.22 million to -$17.16 million.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio of 1.03 is relatively high when compared with the industry average, suggesting a need for better debt level management. To add to this, GEVO has a quick ratio of 0.68, this demonstrates the lack of ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • 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 Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, GEVO INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to -$12.23 million or 20.16% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.
  • GEVO's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 79.66%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last 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.

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

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At the close, Gulf Resources ( GURE) was up $0.03 (2.4%) to $1.30 on light volume. Throughout the day, 26,971 shares of Gulf Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 82,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.26-$1.32 after having opened the day at $1.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.27.

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 $49.6 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 46.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Gulf Resources a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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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 largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on GURE go as follows:

  • 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 15.16, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500, but is less than that of the Chemicals industry average. The net income increased by 5.8% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $5.36 million to $5.67 million.
  • 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.
  • GURE's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 40.68%, which is also worse than the performance of the S&P 500 Index. 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.

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

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Ceres ( CERE) was another company that pushed the Chemicals industry higher today. Ceres was up $0.01 (2.5%) to $0.32 on light volume. Throughout the day, 65,572 shares of Ceres exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 166,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.30-$0.32 after having opened the day at $0.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.31.

Ceres, Inc., an agricultural biotechnology company, develops and sells energy crops to produce renewable bioenergy feedstocks in North America. Ceres has a market cap of $14.7 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 77.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Ceres a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ceres as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CERE go as follows:

  • 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 Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, CERES INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • CERE's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 76.98%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last 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.
  • The revenue fell significantly faster than the industry average of 1.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 40.5%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • CERES 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, CERES INC reported poor results of -$1.31 versus -$1.22 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$0.61 versus -$1.31).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500, but is less than that of the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry average. The net income increased by 17.1% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from -$9.32 million to -$7.73 million.

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

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