Dow Chemical ( DOW) pushed the Chemicals industry lower today making it today's featured Chemicals loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 2.7%. By the end of trading, Dow Chemical fell $1.38 (-4.7%) to $27.86 on light volume. Throughout the day, 9.7 million shares of Dow Chemical exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.5 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $27.85-$28.80 after having opened the day at $28.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.25. Other company's within the Chemicals industry that declined today were: Gevo Inc ( GEVO), down 14.3%, TPC Group Inc ( TPCG), down 9.8%, Huntsman Corporation ( HUN), down 9.3%, and Lightbridge ( LTBR), down 9.1%.

The Dow Chemical Company manufactures and supplies products used as raw materials in the production of customer products and services worldwide. Dow Chemical has a market cap of $31.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.3, above the average chemicals industry P/E ratio of 12 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 14.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates The Dow Chemical as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

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 ( XLB) while those bearish on the chemicals industry could consider ProShares Short Basic Materials Fd ( SBM).
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