How to buy Dow shares

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Dow Inc (DOW) is a leading chemicals business with stocks listed in the US. It opened the day at US$63.46 after a previous close of US$63.11. During the day the price has varied from a low of USD62.7 to a high of USD63.82. The latest price was USD63.5 (25 minute delay). Dow is listed on the NYSE. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in Dow

  1. Compare share trading platforms. To buy shares in a US company from Australia you'll need to find a trading platform that offers access to US stock markets. If you're just starting out, look for a platform with low brokerage and foreign exchange fees.
  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and tax file number. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for Dow. Find the share 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 risk, 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 US$70.37, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimise 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. Optimise 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.

Dow share price

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Dow shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-06-22.
OpenUS$63.46
HighUS$63.82
LowUS$62.7
CloseUS$63.5
Previous closeUS$63.11
Change US$0.39
Change % 0.618%
Volume 4,019,107
Information last updated 2021-06-17.
52-week rangeUS$35.8808 - US$71.1403
50-day moving average US$68.128
200-day moving average US$61.5179
Target priceUS$67.95
PE ratio 17.0093
Dividend yield US$2.8 (4.27%)
Earnings per share (TTM) US$2.6239

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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 last close of $63.5

1 week (2021-06-16) -3.19%
1 month (2021-05-21) -7.74%
3 months (2021-03-23) 4.53%
6 months (2020-12-23) 15.98%
1 year (2020-06-23) 53.57%
2 years (2019-06-21) 31.31%

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 17x. In other words, Dow shares trade at around 17x 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 US$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 US$40.7 billion
Operating margin TTM 7.2%
Gross profit TTM US$5.2 billion
Return on assets TTM 3.02%
Return on equity TTM 1464.19%
Profit margin 4.86%
Book value 18.746
Market capitalisation US$49 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Dow shares

There are currently 10.6 million Dow shares held short by investors – that's known as Dow's "short interest". This figure is 10% up from 9.7 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 4.7 million). Dow's SIR currently stands at 2.24. In other words for every 100,000 Dow shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2240 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 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Dow shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0143% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Dow shares, roughly 14 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

1%

Dividend payout ratio: 1.16% of net profits

Recently Dow has paid out, on average, around 1.16% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 4.27% 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 4.27% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Dow's case, that would currently equate to about $2.8 per share.

While Dow's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that Dow is investing more in its future growth.

Dow's most recent dividend payout was on 10 June 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 26 May 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Dow share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Dow's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$35.8808 up to US$71.1403. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

DOW.US volatility(beta: 1.74)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Dow's is 1.7351. This would suggest that Dow's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

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 aromatics 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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