5 Basic Materials Stocks with the Lowest P/E Ratio in the Sector

The following five companies in the Basic Materials sector have the lowest price-to-earnings ratio (minimum market capitalization of $500 million):

  1. PolyOne Corporation (NYSE:POL):  The company’s trailing price-to-earnings ratio is 5.57, its trailing price-to-sales ratio is 0.5, and its trailing price-to-book ratio is 2.2.  The company’s shares most recently traded at $14.54 and have traded in a 52-week range of $7.38 to $15.33.  The company’s market capitalization is $1.37 billion.  About the company:  PolyOne Corporation is an international polymer services company with operations in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and South America.  The Company provides thermoplastic compounds, specialty resins, specialty polymer formulations, engineered films, and color and additive systems.  PolyOne also conducts operations in rubber compounding and thermoplastic resin distribution.
  2. ASA Ltd. (NYSE:ASA): The company’s trailing price-to-earnings ratio is 6.14, its trailing price-to-sales ratio is 119.02 and its trailing price-to-book ratio is 0.88.  The company’s shares most recently traded at $30.34 and its stock has traded in a 52-week range of $24.01 to $36.13.  The company’s market capitalization is $598.81 million.  About the company:  ASA Ltd. is a diversified closed-end management company incorporated in Bermuda.  The Fund’s objective is to provide investors a vehicle to invest in a portfolio consisting primarily of stocks of companies conducting, as a major portion of their business, gold (NYSE:GLD) mining and related activities.
  3. Domtar Corporation (NYSE:UFS): The company’s trailing price-to-earnings ratio is 6.42, its trailing price-to-book ratio is 1.3 and its trailing price-t0-sales ratio is 0.74. The company’s shares most recently traded at $101.56 and have traded in a 52-week range of $46.24 to $102.11. Its market capitalization is $4.28 billion. About the company:  Domtar Corporation produces uncoated freesheet paper.  The Company manufactures business papers, commercial printing and publication papers, and technical and specialty papers.  Domtar manages forestland in Canada and the United States, and produces lumber and other wood products.
  4. Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemical Co. Ltd. (NYSE:SHI): Its stock has traded in a 52-week range of $33.19 to $63.05 and most recently traded at $48.96.  Its trailing price-to-earnings ratio is 8.44, its trailing price-to-sales ratio is 0.27, and its trailing price-to-book ratio is 1.21.  Its market capitalization is $3.51 billion.  About the company:  Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemical Co. Ltd. processes crude oil (NYSE:USO) into a broad range of synthetic fibers, resins and plastics, intermediate petrochemical products and petroleum products.
  5. Braskem S.A. (NYSE:BAK): Its stock has traded in a 52-week range of $10.17 to $30.63 and most recently traded at $28.02.  Its trailing price-to-earnings ratio is 8.51, its trailing price-to-sales is 0.70, and its trailing price-to-book is 1.72.  Its market capitalization is $11.21 billion.  About the company: Braskem S.A. produces petrochemicals and generates electricity.  The Company produces ethylene, propylene, benzene, toluene, xylenes, butadiene, butene, isoprene, dicyclopentediene, MTBE, caprolactam, ammonium sulfate, cyclohexene, polyethylene theraphtalat, polyethylene, and polyvinyl chloride.

Note: Financial data is taken from Yahoo! Finance.  Selected other data is taken from Google Finance and publicly available SEC filings.  All data are assumed to be accurate.

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