Dow Chemical Co (DOW): Today's Featured Conglomerates Winner

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Dow Chemical ( DOW) pushed the Conglomerates sector higher today making it today's featured conglomerates winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Dow Chemical rose $0.86 (2.5%) to $34.65 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6,142,915 shares of Dow Chemical exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,804,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $33.54-$34.78 after having opened the day at $33.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.79. Other companies within the Conglomerates sector that increased today were: Rayonier ( RYN), up 3.5%, Tredegar Corporation ( TG), up 3.1%, Nacco Industries ( NC), up 2.7% and Caterpillar ( CAT), up 2.3%.
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The Dow Chemical Company manufactures and supplies chemical products for use as raw materials worldwide. Dow Chemical has a market cap of $41.1 billion and is part of the chemicals industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 41.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Dow Chemical a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 13 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, growth in earnings per share, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, increase in net income and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

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