Dow Chemical (DOW) Given News Impact Score of 0.07

Media headlines about Dow Chemical (NYSE:DOW) have been trending somewhat positive this week, AlphaOne Sentiment reports. The research group, a division of Accern, identifies negative and positive news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. AlphaOne ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Dow Chemical earned a media sentiment score of 0.07 on AlphaOne’s scale. AlphaOne also assigned press coverage about the basic materials company an impact score of 77 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is likely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.

Here are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Alpha One Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

Shares of Dow Chemical (NYSE:DOW) traded up 1.01% during trading on Friday, hitting $61.19. The stock had a trading volume of 4,082,008 shares. The firm has a 50-day moving average of $62.47 and a 200 day moving average of $59.82. The company has a market capitalization of $74.76 billion, a P/E ratio of 15.08 and a beta of 1.12. Dow Chemical has a 1-year low of $47.51 and a 1-year high of $65.42.

Dow Chemical (NYSE:DOW) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, April 27th. The basic materials company reported $1.04 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.99 by $0.05. The firm had revenue of $13.23 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $12.46 billion. Dow Chemical had a net margin of 8.97% and a return on equity of 16.85%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 23.6% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $0.89 EPS. Equities research analysts predict that Dow Chemical will post $4.07 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, July 28th. Stockholders of record on Friday, June 30th will be paid a dividend of $0.46 per share. This represents a $1.84 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.04%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, June 28th. Dow Chemical’s payout ratio is 54.76%.

Several research analysts have issued reports on the company. Credit Suisse Group AG set a $66.00 price objective on Dow Chemical and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Sunday, April 30th. Vetr raised Dow Chemical from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $63.72 price target on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, February 14th. Jefferies Group LLC raised Dow Chemical from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and increased their price target for the company from $65.00 to $75.00 in a research note on Monday, March 6th. Royal Bank of Canada reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $76.00 price target on shares of Dow Chemical in a research note on Friday, April 28th. Finally, Erste Group started coverage on Dow Chemical in a research note on Tuesday, April 25th. They issued a “hold” rating on the stock. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating, eight have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. Dow Chemical has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $70.42.

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