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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