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

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Dow Chemical ( DOW) pushed the Chemicals industry lower today making it today's featured Chemicals laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, Dow Chemical fell $0.99 (-2.5%) to $38.86 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 10,676,615 shares of Dow Chemical exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,532,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $38.75-$40.24 after having opened the day at $39.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.85. Other companies within the Chemicals industry that declined today were: Ceres ( CERE), down 8.8%, REX American Resources ( REX), down 4.0%, Sociedad Quimica Y Minera De Chile ( SQM), down 3.6% and American Pacific Corporation ( APFC), down 3.3%.

The Dow Chemical Company manufactures and supplies chemical products for use as raw materials worldwide. Dow Chemical has a market cap of $48.4 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 23.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Dow Chemical a buy, 4 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 compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, Methes Energies International ( MEIL), up 23.3%, Verenium Corporation ( VRNM), up 2.5%, Marrone Bio Innovations ( MBII), up 2.5% and Pacific Ethanol ( PEIX), up 2.2% , were all gainers within the chemicals industry with Ashland ( ASH) being today's featured chemicals industry leader.

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