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Dow Chemical

(

DOW

) pushed the Conglomerates sector lower today making it today's featured Conglomerates laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 1.3%. By the end of trading, Dow Chemical fell 39 cents (-1.3%) to $29.81 on light volume. Throughout the day, 6.6 million shares of Dow Chemical exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.8 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $29.75-$30.15 after having opened the day at $30.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.20. Another company within the Conglomerates sector that decreased today was

Harbinger Group

(

HRG

), down 6.6%.

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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 $35.85 billion and is part of the

conglomerates

industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.1, equal to the average conglomerates industry P/E ratio and 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 Wednesday. Currently there are three analysts that rate Dow Chemical a buy, three analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dow Chemical as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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

SPDR Trust Series one

(

SPY

) while those bearish on the conglomerates sector could consider

ProShares Short S&P 500

(

SH

).

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