4 Must-Buy Chemical Stocks Engineered for Investors

Foods, farms and manufacturers need them - so do you


chemical stocks 185 4 Must Buy Chemical Stocks Engineered for InvestorsOne of the few sectors doing well right now is the specialty chemicals business. That’s because preservatives in foods, fertilizers for farms, compressed gasses for manufacturers and a host of other products have a built-in baseline demand. These are the building blocks for just about every product on the market, so chemical companies with well-run operations and a big reach have managed to find brisk business even in this tough climate.

I watch more than 5,000 publicly traded companies with my Portfolio Grader tool, ranking companies by a number of fundamental and quantitative measures. This week, I’ve got 4 chemical stocks to buy.

Here they are, in alphabetical order. Each one of these stocks gets an “A” or “B” according to my research, meaning it is a “strong buy” or “buy.”

Monsanto Co. (NYSE:MON) provides agricultural products to farmers and is based out of St. Louis. A modest gain of 4% has far outpaced the broader markets, as the Dow Jones is down .6% on the year.

Praxair Inc. (NYSE:PX) is a supplier of industrial gas. PX stock rounds out the list with a gain of 5% year-to-date. That gain is no small feat, especially amidst a volatile economic landscape.

Terra Nitrogen Co. (NYSE:TNH) is involved with the production of nitrogen fertilizer products. Like other stocks in the specialty chemicals sector, TNH stock is pleasing investors with a gain of 44% year-to-date.

W.R. Grace (NYSE:GRA) produces and sells specialty chemicals and specialty materials internationally. GRA stock has had an impressive 2011, jumping 8% year-to-date.

Get more analysis of these picks and other publicly-traded stocks with Louis Navellier’s Portfolio Grader tool, a 100% free stock-rating tool that measures both quantitative buying pressure and eight fundamental factors.

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