3 Stocks Improving Performance Of The Chemicals Industry

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 104 points (0.6%) at 18,145 as of Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,945 issues advancing vs. 1,035 declining with 155 unchanged.

The Chemicals industry currently sits up 1.9% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.6%. A company within the industry that increased today was Air Products & Chemicals ( APD), up 1.0%.

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

3. LyondellBasell Industries ( LYB) is one of the companies pushing the Chemicals industry higher today. As of noon trading, LyondellBasell Industries is up $0.80 (0.8%) to $101.42 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of LyondellBasell Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $99.92-$101.69 after having opened the day at $100.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $100.62.

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LyondellBasell Industries N.V. operates as a manufacturer of chemicals and polymers, refiner of crude oil, producer of gasoline blending components, and developer and licensor of technologies for production of polymers. LyondellBasell Industries has a market cap of $48.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 26.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate LyondellBasell Industries a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

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

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2. As of noon trading, Monsanto ( MON) is up $0.64 (0.5%) to $118.57 on light volume. Thus far, 831,799 shares of Monsanto exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $118.03-$119.32 after having opened the day at $118.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $117.93.

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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 $57.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 1.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Monsanto a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Monsanto as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, notable return on equity and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Monsanto Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Dow Chemical ( DOW) is up $0.52 (1.0%) to $51.14 on average volume. Thus far, 5.5 million shares of Dow Chemical exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $50.49-$51.29 after having opened the day at $50.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.62.

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The Dow Chemical Company manufactures and supplies products that are used primarily as raw materials in the manufacture of customer products and services worldwide. Dow Chemical has a market cap of $59.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 11.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Dow Chemical a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dow Chemical as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Dow Chemical 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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