Dow Chemical Company (The) (NYSE:DWDP) insider Andrew N. Liveris sold 187,402 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, December 5th. The shares were sold at an average price of $72.23, for a total transaction of $13,536,046.46. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website.

Shares of Dow Chemical Company (NYSE:DWDP) traded down $0.59 on Tuesday, reaching $71.54. 8,653,587 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 6,341,395. Dow Chemical Company has a 1 year low of $55.24 and a 1 year high of $73.85. The stock has a market cap of $166,162.69, a P/E ratio of 19.40, a P/E/G ratio of 2.38 and a beta of 1.15. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.29, a quick ratio of 1.38 and a current ratio of 2.01.

Dow Chemical (NYSE:DWDP) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, November 2nd. The company reported $0.55 earnings per share for the quarter, hitting the consensus estimate of $0.55. Dow Chemical had a net margin of 5.01% and a return on equity of 9.73%. The firm had revenue of $18.29 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $18.24 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $0.91 EPS. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 7.6% on a year-over-year basis. research analysts predict that Dow Chemical Company will post 3.36 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 15th. Investors of record on Wednesday, November 15th will be paid a dividend of $0.38 per share. This represents a $1.52 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.12%. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, November 14th. Dow Chemical’s payout ratio is currently 73.08%.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in DWDP. Curbstone Financial Management Corp purchased a new stake in Dow Chemical during the 3rd quarter worth approximately $2,872,000. Eqis Capital Management Inc. purchased a new stake in Dow Chemical during the 3rd quarter worth approximately $397,000. Neville Rodie & Shaw Inc. purchased a new stake in Dow Chemical during the 3rd quarter worth approximately $15,334,000. McQueen Ball & Associates Inc. purchased a new stake in shares of Dow Chemical in the 3rd quarter valued at approximately $650,000. Finally, Private Asset Management Inc. purchased a new stake in shares of Dow Chemical in the 3rd quarter valued at approximately $1,953,000. 68.81% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

DWDP has been the topic of several recent analyst reports. Sanford C. Bernstein initiated coverage on shares of Dow Chemical in a report on Friday, September 1st. They issued an “outperform” rating and a $79.00 target price on the stock. Edward Jones started coverage on shares of Dow Chemical in a report on Friday, September 1st. They issued a “hold” rating on the stock. Cowen started coverage on shares of Dow Chemical in a research note on Friday, September 1st. They issued a “market perform” rating on the stock. UBS started coverage on shares of Dow Chemical in a research note on Friday, September 1st. They issued a “buy” rating on the stock. Finally, Nomura started coverage on shares of Dow Chemical in a research note on Sunday, September 3rd. They issued a “buy” rating and a $77.00 price target on the stock. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating and nineteen have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $79.89.

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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.

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