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Tickers in this Article: LXU, BAK, TG, SQM, PKX, TREX, IPHS
The Nasdaq has remained steady, the S&P 500 is up 0.1% and the Dow has risen 0.2% after the morning's trading. The basic materials sector is the category of stocks that accounts for companies involved with the discovery, development and processing of raw materials. This sector includes the mining and refining of metals, chemical producers and forestry products. The basic materials sector is sensitive to changes in the business cycle. Because the sector supplies materials for construction, it depends on a strong economy. This sector is also sensitive to supply and demand fluctuations because the price of raw materials, such as gold or other metals, is largely demand driven.

The Basic Materials sector (XLB) has climbed 0.2% so far today and here are its biggest movers:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
LSB Industries (NYSE:LXU)$754.8 million-8.3%
Braskem SA (NYSE:BAK)$5.22 billion-4.8%
Tredegar (NYSE:TG)$568.5 million+4.1%
Sociedad Quimica y Minera (NYSE:SQM)$15.7 billion-4%
POSCO (NYSE:PKX)$22.64 billion-2%
Trex Company (NYSE:TREX)$663.6 million+2%
Innophos Holdings (Nasdaq:IPHS)$1 billion+2%
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Currently trading at $30.91 per share, LSB Industries (NYSE:LXU) has fallen 8.3%. The company is trading at a volume of 194,381 shares. Yesterday's volume was only 123,239 shares.

Braskem SA (NYSE:BAK) is down 4.8% to reach $12.43 per share. At 187,406 shares, the company's volume so far today is 0.7 times the average volume over the last three months.

Rising 4.1%, Tredegar (NYSE:TG) is currently trading at $18.43 per share. The company's volume for the day so far is 28,354 shares.

After a decline of 4%, Sociedad Quimica y Minera (NYSE:SQM) has hit a share price of $57.25. At 627,857 shares, the company's volume so far today is 2.3 times the average daily volume.

POSCO (NYSE:PKX) has fallen 2% and is currently trading at $71.79 per share. So far today, 109,671 shares of the company's stock have changed hands. Yesterday, volume was only 90,803 shares.

After an increase of 2%, Trex Company (NYSE:TREX) has reached a current price of $39.97. So far today, the company's volume is 71,389 shares, 0.3 times its current three-month average.

Innophos Holdings (Nasdaq:IPHS) is up 2% to reach a current price of $47 per share. This morning, the company is trading a volume of 23,947 shares.

The Bottom Line On any given day, a particular stock may see positive or negative change in its share price. It is important to weigh current activity against historical performance when making any investment decisions. Keep in mind that all these ratios should be compared against historical numbers and industry information in order to get a more complete picture.

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