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CW75 Index * JUNE 17 285.91 WEEK AGO 280.10 QUARTER AGO 254.38 YEAR AGO 218.39 * Jan. 1, 2002 = 100.
The CW75 Index rose 2% for the week ending June 17, outpacing broader market indexes. Basic chemical shares jumped 7.5%, led by fertilizer stocks. Diversified chemical stocks rose 1%, and specialty chemical shares fell 1%.
Fertilizer stocks continue to climb on news of rising demand for fertilizer products. Agrium's stock price jumped 20%, to $111/ share, its 52-week high. The company raised its earnings outlook earlier this month (CW, June 9/16, p. 8).
Lubrizol topped the laggards' list because Jeffries & Co (New York) downgraded the stock from buy, to hold. Lubrizol's stock also fell on news that the company plans to close or exit some of its performance coatings, which will include plant closures, because of weak market conditions.
Forty-nine stocks listed in the CW75 gained for the week, while 26 fell.
CW75 stock performance Company Ticker Category * Marketcap ($ millions) Monsanto MON D 78304 PotashCorp POT B 74837 Mosaic MOS B 71463 BASF BASFY D 69297 Bayer BAYRY D 62714 3M MMM D 52801 DuPont DD D 42468 Dow Chemical DOW D 36193 Sasol SSL B 35574 Air Liquide AIQUY S 34450 Syngenta SYT D 30800 Praxair PX S 30582 Shin-Etsu SHECF B 26683 Linde LNAGF S 24426 Air Products APO S 21919 Akzo Nobel AKZOY D 19235 Agrium AGU B 17536 MEMC WFR S 15038 Solvay SVYSY D 12769 Royal DSM ROSMY D 11575 Ecolab ECL S 11105 PPG Industries PPG D 10107 Rohm and Haas ROH S 10001 Celanese CE D 7529 Sigma-Aldrich STAL S 7430 FMC FMC D 5960 Sherwin-Williams SHW S 5907 Eastman Chemical EMN D 5739 Airgas ARG S 5224 Avery Dennison AVY S 5083 Albemarle ALB …