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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 1.4%. By the end of trading, Dow Chemical fell $0.74 (-1.5%) to $48.50 on light volume. Throughout the day, 6,545,455 shares of Dow Chemical exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9,044,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $48.27-$49.02 after having opened the day at $48.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.24. Other companies within the Chemicals industry that declined today were:




), down 8.4%,

Methes Energies International



), down 6.7%,

Pacific Ethanol



), down 6.5% and




), down 5.2%.

The Dow Chemical Company manufactures and supplies chemical products for use as raw materials in the manufacture of customer products and services worldwide. Dow Chemical has a market cap of $59.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 10.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Dow Chemical a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Dow Chemical

as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front,




), up 3.8% and




), up 3.7%.

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Materials Select Sector SPDR



) while those bearish on the chemicals industry could consider

ProShares Short Basic Materials Fd




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