Is Dow Inc. (NYSE: DOW) A Suitable Stock For New Investors Today?

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Dow Inc. (NYSE:DOW) shares, rose in value on Wednesday, 04/20/22, with the stock price up by 0.73% to the previous day’s close as strong demand from buyers drove the stock to $67.54.

Actively observing the price movement in the last trading, the stock closed the session at $67.05, falling within a range of $67.04 and $68.17. The value of beta (5-year monthly) was 1.62 whereas the PE ratio was 8.06 over 12-month period. Referring to stock’s 52-week performance, its high was $71.38, and the low was $52.07. On the whole, DOW has fluctuated by 6.63% over the past month.

With the market capitalization of Dow Inc. currently standing at about $48.68 billion, investors are eagerly awaiting this quarter’s results, scheduled for Apr 20, 2022 – Apr 25, 2022. The company’s Forward Dividend Ratio is 2.80, with its dividend yield at 4.15%. As a result, investors might want to see an improvement in the stock’s price before the company announces its earnings report. Analysts are projecting the company’s earnings per share (EPS) to be $2.1, which is expected to increase to $1.94 for fiscal year $8.91 and then to about $6.38 by fiscal year 2022. Data indicates that the EPS growth is expected to be 436.70% in 2022, while the next year’s EPS growth is forecast to be -28.40%.

Analysts have estimated the company’s revenue for the quarter at $14.35 billion, with a low estimate of $13.49 billion and a high estimate of $14.69 billion. According to the average forecast, sales growth in current quarter could jump up 34.00%, compared to the corresponding quarter of last year. Wall Street analysts also predicted that in 2022, the company’s y-o-y revenues would reach $54.79 billion, representing an increase of 42.20% from the revenues reported in the last year’s results.

Revisions could be a useful indicator to get insight on short-term price movement; so for the company, there were no upward and no downward review(s) in last seven days. We see that DOW’s technical picture suggests that short-term indicators denote the stock is a 100% Buy on average. However, medium term indicators have put the stock in the category of 100% Buy while long term indicators on average have been pointing out that it is a 50% Buy.

24 analyst(s) have assigned their ratings of the stock’s forecast evaluation on a scale of 1.00-5.00 to indicate a strong buy to a strong sell recommendation. The stock is rated as a Hold by 14 analyst(s), 8 recommend it as a Buy and 1 called the DOW stock Overweight. In the meantime, 1 analyst(s) believe the stock as Underweight and 0 think it is a Sell. Thus, investors eager to increase their holdings of the company’s stock will have an opportunity to do so as the average rating for the stock is Overweight.

The stock’s technical analysis shows that the PEG ratio is about 0, with the price of DOW currently trading nearly 5.86% and 9.48% away from the simple moving averages for 20 and 50 days respectively. The Relative Strength Index (RSI, 14) currently indicates a reading of 71.07, while the 7-day volatility ratio is showing 1.96% which for the 30-day chart, stands at 2.02%. Furthermore, Dow Inc. (DOW)’s average true range (ATR) is 1.49. The company’s stock has been forecasted to trade at an average price of $68.40 over the course of the next 52 weeks, with a low of $59.00 and a high of $77.00. Based on these price targets, the low is 12.64% off current price, whereas the price has to move -14.01% to reach the yearly target high. Additionally, analysts’ median price of $68.00 is likely to be welcomed by investors because it represents a decrease of -0.68% from the current levels.

A comparison of Dow Inc. (DOW) with its peers suggests the former has fared considerably weaker in the market. DOW showed an intraday change of 0.73% in last session, and over the past year, it grew by 4.20%%. In comparison, Linde plc (LIN) has moved higher at 2.58% on the day and was up 11.78% over the past 12 months. On the other hand, the price of Air Products and Chemicals Inc. (APD) has fallen -0.33% on the day. The stock, however, is off -13.82% from where it was a year ago. The PE ratio stands at 8.06 for Dow Inc., compared to 44.56 for Linde plc, and 26.14 for Air Products and Chemicals Inc. Other than that, the overall performance of the S&P 500 during the last trading session shows that it lost -0.06%. Meanwhile, the Dow Jones Industrial Improved by 0.71%.

Data on historical trading for Dow Inc. (NYSE:DOW) indicates that the trading volumes over the past 3 months, they’ve averaged 5.64 million. According to company’s latest data on outstanding shares, there are 738.20 million shares outstanding.

Nearly 0.10% of Dow Inc.’s shares belong to company insiders and institutional investors own 67.00% of the company’s shares. The stock has risen by 19.08% since the beginning of the year, thereby showing the potential of a further growth. This could raise investors’ confidence to be optimistic about the DOW stock heading into the next quarter.