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

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Dow Chemical ( DOW) pushed the Chemicals industry higher today making it today's featured chemicals winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Dow Chemical rose $0.62 (1.8%) to $34.99 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7,885,628 shares of Dow Chemical exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,201,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $34.65-$35.10 after having opened the day at $34.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.37. Other companies within the Chemicals industry that increased today were: Air Products & Chemicals ( APD), up 6.5%, Flexible Solutions International ( FSI), up 4.6%, Penford Corporation ( PENX), up 3.8% and Senomyx ( SNMX), up 3.7%.

The Dow Chemical Company manufactures and supplies chemical products for use as raw materials worldwide. Dow Chemical has a market cap of $41.8 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 6.9% 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, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures 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.

On the negative front, Methes Energies International ( MEIL), down 10.6%, Pacific Ethanol ( PEIX), down 10.1%, W. R. Grace ( GRA), down 6.4% and PetroLogistics ( PDH), down 5.7%.

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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