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Dow Inc is a chemicals business based in the US. Dow shares (DOW) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Dow employs 36,500 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$39.1 billion.

How to buy shares in Dow

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  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and bank information. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for Dow. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: DOW. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Dow reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of USD$48.84, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimize risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Dow, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Dow. Optimize your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

How has coronavirus impacted Dow's share price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Dow's share price has had significant positive movement.

Its last market close was USD$48.84, which is 1.11% up on its pre-crash value of USD$48.3 and 122.51% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as USD$21.95.

If you had bought USD$1,000 worth of Dow shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth USD$568.55 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth USD$1,044.69.

Dow share price

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Dow shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-10-20.
Latest market closeUSD$48.84
52-week rangeUSD$21.95 - USD$56.25
50-day moving average USD$48.3391
200-day moving average USD$41.7018
Wall St. target priceUSD$48.39
PE ratio 18.5691
Dividend yield USD$2.8 (5.68%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$2.481

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Is it a good time to buy Dow stock?

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Dow price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $48.84 from 2020-10-19

1 week (2020-10-23) 0.64%
1 month (2020-10-01) 5.92%
3 months (2020-07-31) 18.95%
6 months (2020-05-01) 43.94%
1 year (2019-10-31) -3.27%
2 years (2018-10-27) N/A
3 years (2017-10-27) N/A
5 years (2015-10-27) N/A

Is Dow under- or over-valued?

Valuing Dow stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Dow's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Dow's P/E ratio

Dow's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 19x. In other words, Dow shares trade at around 19x recent earnings.

That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.

Dow's EBITDA

Dow's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$5.7 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Dow's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Dow financials

Revenue TTM USD$39.1 billion
Operating margin TTM 7.42%
Gross profit TTM USD$6.4 billion
Return on assets TTM 2.92%
Return on equity TTM -12.17%
Profit margin -5.06%
Book value $16.916
Market capitalisation USD$36.6 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Dow shares

There are currently 11.7 million Dow shares held short by investors – that's known as Dow's "short interest". This figure is 20.1% down from 14.6 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Dow shares can be evaluated.

Dow's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Dow's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Dow shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Dow shares traded daily (recently around 5.0 million). Dow's SIR currently stands at 2.34. In other words for every 100,000 Dow shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2340 shares are currently held short.

However Dow's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Dow shares, or, against the total number of tradable Dow shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Dow's short interest could be expressed as 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Dow shares in existence, roughly 20 shares are currently held short) or 0.0157% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Dow shares, roughly 16 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Dow.

Find out more about how you can short Dow stock.

Dow share dividends

Dividend payout ratio: 138.61% of net profits

Recently Dow has paid out, on average, around 138.61% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 5.68% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Dow shareholders could enjoy a 5.68% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Dow's case, that would currently equate to about $2.8 per share.

Dow's payout ratio would broadly be considered high, and as such this stock could appeal to those looking to generate an income. Bear in mind however that companies should normally also look to re-invest a decent amount of net profits to ensure future growth.

Dow's most recent dividend payout was on 11 September 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 27 November 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Dow overview

Dow Inc. provides various materials science solutions for consumer care, infrastructure, and packaging markets in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, India, the Asia Pacific, and Latin America. It operates through Packaging & Specialty Plastics, Industrial Intermediates & Infrastructure, and Performance Materials and Coatings segments. The Packaging & Specialty Plastics segment provides ethylene, and propylene and aromatic products; and polyethylene, polyolefin elastomers, ethylene vinyl acetate, and ethylene propylene diene monomer rubbers. The Industrial Intermediates & Infrastructure segment offers ethylene oxides, propylene oxide, propylene glycol and polyether polyols, aromatic isocyanates and polyurethane systems, coatings, adhesives, sealants, elastomers, and composites. This segment also provides caustic soda, and ethylene dichloride and vinyl chloride monomers; and cellulose ethers, redispersible latex powders, silicones, and acrylic emulsions. The Performance Materials and Coatings segment provides architectural paints and coatings, and industrial coatings that are used in maintenance and protective industries, wood, metal packaging, traffic markings, thermal paper, and leather; performance monomers and silicones; standalone silicones; and home and personal care solutions. It also engages in property and casualty insurance, as well as reinsurance business. Dow Inc. was incorporated in 2018 and is headquartered in Midland, Michigan.

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