12 Chemical Stocks Near 52-Week Lows

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If you're aiming to "buy low and sell high," then it makes infinite sense to start your search with bargain-priced stocks. Regularly reviewing a list of stocks trading near their 52-week lows can be a great first step.

In this series, I do the initial legwork for you. To prevent us from being inundated with scores of disparate companies, I conduct my search by industry. This allows us to make some initial comparisons among semi-related companies.

Today, let's look at the chemicals space. Below are the dozen stocks that are within 25% of their 52-week lows and have market caps above $200 million.

Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemical (NYS: SHI) $37.87$32.24$63.056.5
PolyOne (NYS: POL) $11.61$9.80$16.614.4
Praxair (NYS: PX) $105.27$88.64$111.7423.4
Sigma-Aldrich (NAS: SIAL) $67.78$56.18$76.1618.8
Zep$16.13$13.33$20.9520.7
Sherwin-Williams (NYS: SHW) $84.24$69.47$87.8718.1
Olin (NYS: OLN) $19.60$16.11$27.167.0
Airgas$71.43$58.00$72.3923.1
Minerals Technologies$56.99$46.17$70.6816.4
Air Products & Chemicals$89.41$72.26$98.0116.0
Calgon Carbon$16.46$13.28$18.2022.2
Scotts Miracle-Gro (NYS: SMG) $49.96$39.99$60.6219.5

Source: S&P Capital IQ and Yahoo! Finance.

Over just the past 10 days, Sinopec shares have gone as low as $33.18 and as high as $43.00. It announced earnings late last week that were roughly flat with the previous year's quarter. As management explained it:

"The Group proceeded actively with various tasks, leading to increases in sales volumes and unit prices of products of the Company. As a result, operating income of the Company increased. However, international crude oil prices fluctuated at high levels, resulting in an increase in operating costs; the prices of domestic refined oil products were not adjusted adequately and timely enough; and the competition was further intensified for petrochemicals."

Looking through the list, two other names pop out: PolyOne and Olin, which have P/E ratios well under 10. Note that their forward P/E ratios are also under 10, PolyOne just barely. You can check out PolyOne's latest earnings news here. And I recently took a look at Olin's initial numbers here.

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