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 0.8%. By the end of trading, Dow Chemical rose $0.36 (1.0%) to $35.40 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5,161,940 shares of Dow Chemical exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,975,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $35.25-$35.63 after having opened the day at $35.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.04. Other companies within the Conglomerates sector that increased today were: Lydall ( LDL), up 4.4%, Dex Media ( DXM), up 4.0%, Nacco Industries ( NC), up 3.4% and Pingtan Marine Enterprise ( PME), up 2.3%.

The Dow Chemical Company manufactures and supplies chemical products for use as raw materials worldwide. Dow Chemical has a market cap of $42.4 billion and is part of the chemicals industry. Shares are up 8.4% 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 revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, attractive valuation levels, increase in stock price during the past year and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

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