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 up 0.7%. By the end of trading, Dow Chemical fell $0.48 (-1.1%) to $43.11 on average volume. Throughout the day, 9,907,718 shares of Dow Chemical exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,832,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $42.77-$43.79 after having opened the day at $43.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.59. Other companies within the Chemicals industry that declined today were: Lightbridge ( LTBR), down 5.1%, Gulf Resources ( GURE), down 3.4%, GSE ( GSE), down 3.1% and Ceres ( CERE), down 2.9%.

The Dow Chemical Company manufactures and supplies chemical products for use as raw materials worldwide. Dow Chemical has a market cap of $53.0 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Dow Chemical a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 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 solid stock price performance, revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, BioFuel Energy Corporation ( BIOF), up 25.8%, Pacific Ethanol ( PEIX), up 8.8%, Metabolix ( MBLX), up 5.3% and A Schulman ( SHLM), up 4.5% , were all gainers within the chemicals industry with LyondellBasell Industries ( LYB) being today's featured chemicals industry leader.

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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