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7 Chemicals Stocks to Sell Now

ADES, CCC, CGA, DOW, SMG, SQM, ZOLT slump in weekly rankings


This week, the ratings of seven Chemicals stocks on Portfolio Grader are down. Each of these rates a “D” (“sell”) or “F” overall (“strong sell”).

ADA-ES (NASDAQ:ADES) is on the decline this week, earning a D (“sell”) after receiving a C (“hold”) last week. ADA-ES provides environmental technologies and specialty chemicals to the coal-burning electric power generation industry in the United States. The stock also earns F’s in Portfolio Grader’s specific subcategories of Earnings Growth, Earnings Momentum, Earnings Revisions, and Cash Flow. The stock price has fallen 10.1% over the past month, worse than the 1.2% increase the Nasdaq has seen over the same period of time. For a full analysis of ADES stock, visit Portfolio Grader.

Calgon Carbon (NYSE:CCC) earns a F (“strong sell”) this week, moving down from last week’s grade of D (“sell”). Calgon Carbon is engaged in products and services for purifying water and air. The stock gets F’s in Earnings Growth, Earnings Momentum, and Earnings Revisions. Earnings Surprise and Margin Growth also get F’s. The stock’s trailing PE Ratio is 38.30. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of CCC stock.

This week, China Green Agriculture‘s (NYSE:CGA) rating worsens to a D from the company’s C rating a week ago. China Green Agriculture engages in the research, development, production, and sale of various types of fertilizers and agricultural products in the People’s Republic of China. To get an in-depth look at CGA, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of CGA stock.

The rating of Dow Chemical (NYSE:DOW) slips from a C to a D. Dow Chemical is involved with the manufacture and sale of specialized products and services, such as chemicals, plastic materials, and agricultural products, as well as property and casualty insurance and reinsurance business. The stock also rates an F in Sales Growth. For a full analysis of DOW stock, visit Portfolio Grader.

This is a rough week for Scotts Miracle-Gro (NYSE:SMG). The company’s rating falls to D from the previous week’s C. Scotts Miracle-Gro manufactures and markets consumer-branded, non-durable products for lawn and garden care and professional horticulture. Investors seem to agree with the downgrade and have pushed down the share price 6% over the past month. To get an in-depth look at SMG, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of SMG stock.

Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile (NYSE:SQM) experiences a ratings drop this week, going from last week’s C to a D. Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile produces and distributes fertilizers, iodine, lithium and other industrial chemicals. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of SQM stock.

This week, Zoltek (NASDAQ:ZOLT) drops from a C to a D rating. Zoltek is an applied technology and advanced materials company. As of Nov. 30, 2012, 19.4% of outstanding Zoltek shares were held short. For a full analysis of ZOLT stock, visit Portfolio Grader.

Louis Navellier’s proprietary Portfolio Grader stock ranking system assesses roughly 5,000 companies every week based on a number of fundamental and quantitative measures. Stocks are given a letter grade based on their results — with A being “strong buy,” and F being “strong sell.” Explore the tool here.

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