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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 251.90 points (-1.4%) at 17,165 as of Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,001 issues advancing vs. 2,121 declining with 101 unchanged.

The Chemicals industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which was down 1.3%. Top gainers within the Chemicals industry included Metabolix ( MBLX), up 2.4%, Methes Energies International ( MEIL), up 2.9%, Gulf Resources ( GURE), up 49.1%, China Green Agriculture ( CGA), up 1.7% and BioAmber ( BIOA), up 4.6%.

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

China Green Agriculture ( CGA) is one of the companies that pushed the Chemicals industry higher today. China Green Agriculture was up $0.03 (1.7%) to $1.78 on light volume. Throughout the day, 83,528 shares of China Green Agriculture exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 149,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.71-$1.85 after having opened the day at $1.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.75.

China Green Agriculture, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the research, development, production, distribution, and sale of various types of fertilizers and agricultural products primarily in the People's Republic of China. China Green Agriculture has a market cap of $54.9 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 15.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate China Green Agriculture a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates China Green Agriculture as a hold. 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 and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CGA go as follows:

  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 6.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 2.0%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • CGA's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.07 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. To add to this, CGA has a quick ratio of 1.62, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • The gross profit margin for CHINA GREEN AGRICULTURE INC is rather high; currently it is at 50.86%. Regardless of CGA's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, CGA's net profit margin of 15.78% compares favorably to the industry average.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Chemicals industry. The net income has decreased by 21.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $10.38 million to $8.10 million.
  • Current return on equity is lower than its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of weakness within the company. In comparison to the other companies in the Chemicals industry and the overall market, CHINA GREEN AGRICULTURE INC's return on equity is significantly below that of the industry average and is below that of the S&P 500.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: China Green Agriculture Ratings Report

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At the close, Gulf Resources ( GURE) was up $0.58 (49.1%) to $1.76 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 31,955,790 shares of Gulf Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 100,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.36-$2.86 after having opened the day at $1.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.18.

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 $46.9 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 4.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

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 16.25, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • The gross profit margin for GULF RESOURCES INC is rather high; currently it is at 50.53%. Regardless of GURE's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, GURE's net profit margin of 16.19% compares favorably to the industry average.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 55.73%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 38.09% compared to the year-earlier 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 company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Chemicals industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 37.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $8.11 million to $5.04 million.

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

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Metabolix ( MBLX) was another company that pushed the Chemicals industry higher today. Metabolix was up $0.01 (2.4%) to $0.43 on light volume. Throughout the day, 16,305 shares of Metabolix exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 138,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.42-$0.46 after having opened the day at $0.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.42.

Metabolix has a market cap of $58.1 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 2.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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