The Chemicals industry as a whole closed the day up 1.1% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.1%. Laggards within the Chemicals industry included Methes Energies International ( MEIL), down 1.7%, Flexible Solutions International ( FSI), down 1.9%, China Green Agriculture ( CGA), down 1.6%, Valhi ( VHI), down 3.1% and Arcadia Biosciences ( RKDA), down 2.2%.

TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks that pushed the industry lower today:

Valhi ( VHI) is one of the companies that pushed the Chemicals industry lower today. Valhi was down $0.11 (3.1%) to $3.49 on light volume. Throughout the day, 42,125 shares of Valhi exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 96,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $3.44-$3.61 after having opened the day at $3.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.60.

Valhi, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the chemicals, component products, waste management, and real estate businesses worldwide. Valhi has a market cap of $1.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 43.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Valhi a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Valhi as a hold. At the same time, however, we find that net income has been generally deteriorating over time.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on VHI go as follows:

  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 42.46%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 700.00% compared to the year-earlier quarter.
  • VALHI INC has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from 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, VALHI INC turned its bottom line around by earning $0.16 versus -$0.29 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.25 versus $0.16).
  • VHI, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 10.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 16.9%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • 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 770.3% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $15.50 million to -$103.90 million.

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

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At the close, China Green Agriculture ( CGA) was down $0.03 (1.6%) to $1.90 on light volume. Throughout the day, 25,974 shares of China Green Agriculture exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 116,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.90-$1.95 after having opened the day at $1.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.93.

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 $67.7 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 27.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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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 disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CGA go as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 10.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 13.1%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the 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 2.25, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • 37.25% is the gross profit margin for CHINA GREEN AGRICULTURE INC which we consider to be strong. Despite the high profit margin, it has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 12.47% trails the industry average.
  • CGA has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 7.05% from its price level of one year ago. The fact that the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings is not reason enough to justify a buy rating at this time.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. 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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Flexible Solutions International ( FSI) was another company that pushed the Chemicals industry lower today. Flexible Solutions International was down $0.02 (1.9%) to $1.01 on light volume. Throughout the day, 92,854 shares of Flexible Solutions International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 191,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.01-$1.09 after having opened the day at $1.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.03.

Flexible Solutions International, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures, and markets specialty chemicals that slow the evaporation of water. Flexible Solutions International has a market cap of $14.2 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 9.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Flexible Solutions International a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Flexible Solutions International 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 disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on FSI go as follows:

  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 10.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 30.2%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • FSI's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.16 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. To add to this, FSI has a quick ratio of 1.72, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • FLEXIBLE SOLUTIONS INTL 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, FLEXIBLE SOLUTIONS INTL INC reported lower earnings of $0.03 versus $0.14 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.10 versus $0.03).
  • FSI has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 11.02% from its price level of one year ago. The fact that the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings is not reason enough to justify a buy rating at this time.
  • 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, FLEXIBLE SOLUTIONS INTL 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: Flexible Solutions International Ratings Report

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