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Dow Chemical



) pushed the Chemicals industry lower today making it today's featured Chemicals laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.2%. By the end of trading, Dow Chemical fell $0.54 (-1.6%) to $33.43 on average volume. Throughout the day, 11,032,011 shares of Dow Chemical exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,945,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $33.10-$33.78 after having opened the day at $33.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.97. Other companies within the Chemicals industry that declined today were:

Olin Corporation



), down 6.0%,

Eastman Chemical Company



), down 5.1%,




), down 5.0% and

Westlake Chemical Corporation



), down 4.1%.

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The Dow Chemical Company manufactures and supplies chemical products used as raw materials in the manufacture of customer products and services worldwide. Dow Chemical has a market cap of $38.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 46.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dow Chemical as a


. The company's strongest point has been its a solid financial position based on a variety of debt and liquidity measures that we have looked at. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front,

Ikonics Corporation



), down 5.8%,




), down 2.4% and

Pure Bioscience



), down 1.9%.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the chemicals industry could consider

Materials Select Sector SPDR



) while those bearish on the chemicals industry could consider

ProShares Short Basic Materials Fd




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