Dow Chemical (NYSE: DWDP) and Dow Chemical (NYSE:DOW) are both large-cap basic materials companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership and dividends.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares Dow Chemical and Dow Chemical’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
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Dow Chemical has higher revenue and earnings than Dow Chemical. Dow Chemical is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Dow Chemical, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
This table compares Dow Chemical and Dow Chemical’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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Institutional and Insider Ownership
68.8% of Dow Chemical shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 67.8% of Dow Chemical shares are held by institutional investors. 0.9% of Dow Chemical shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 0.9% of Dow Chemical shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
Volatility and Risk
Dow Chemical has a beta of 1.15, meaning that its share price is 15% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Dow Chemical has a beta of 1.13, meaning that its share price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Dow Chemical and Dow Chemical, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
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Dow Chemical currently has a consensus price target of $79.94, suggesting a potential upside of 13.30%. Dow Chemical has a consensus price target of $72.14, suggesting a potential upside of 8.24%. Given Dow Chemical’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Dow Chemical is more favorable than Dow Chemical.
Dow Chemical pays an annual dividend of $1.52 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. Dow Chemical pays an annual dividend of $1.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.8%. Dow Chemical pays out 73.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Dow Chemical pays out 77.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Dow Chemical has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years.
Dow Chemical beats Dow Chemical on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Dow Chemical
DowDuPont Inc. is a holding company formed through the merger of equals between The Dow Chemical Company and E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (DuPont). The Company’s business divisions include Agriculture division, Material Science division, and a Specialty Products division. The Agriculture Division offers a complete portfolio of products and technologies, traits and crop protection. The Materials Science Division provides solutions, such as packaging, transportation, infrastructure and customer care. The Specialty Products division provides solution for industrial, safety, energy, food, nutrition, construction, electronics and consumer goods industries. The company provides solutions to a range of markets, including aerospace, automotive, consumer electronics, military, printing, renewable energy, semiconductors, child nutrition, dietary supplements, carpet and apparel, fertilizer, and oil and gas/energy.
About Dow Chemical
The Dow Chemical Company manufactures and supplies products used primarily as raw materials in the manufacture of customer products and services. The Company’s segments include Agricultural Sciences, which is engaged in providing crop protection and seed/plant biotechnology products and technologies, urban pest management solutions and healthy oils; Consumer Solutions, which consists of Consumer Care, Dow Automotive Systems, Dow Electronic Materials and Consumer Solutions-Silicones businesses; Infrastructure Solutions, which consists of Dow Building & Construction, Dow Coating Materials, Energy & Water Solutions, Performance Monomers and Infrastructure Solutions-Silicones businesses; Performance Materials & Chemicals, which consists of Chlor-Alkali and Vinyl, Industrial Solutions and Polyurethanes businesses, and Performance Plastics, which consists of Dow Elastomers, Dow Electrical and Telecommunications, Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics, Energy and Hydrocarbons businesses.
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