Goldman Sachs Upgrades Dow Chemical (DOW) to Buy, Sees Significant EPS Growth Off Lower Estimates

November 13, 2012 7:02 AM EST
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Goldman Sachs upgraded Dow Chemical (NYSE: DOW) from Neutral to Buy with a price target of $36.00 (from $32.00).

"We are upgrading DOW to Buy after its shares (+6% YTD) have lagged ethylene peers WLK (+98%) and LYB (+66%) as well as the overall sector (+16%) and the S&P500 (+10%)," the analyst comments. "We believe the 2012 underperformance was due to deterioration in trends at DOW's coatings, electronics, materials, and non-US ethylene businesses. It appears this weakness is now reflected in consensus 2012 EPS estimates, which YTD have fallen 34%. With the bad news now generally accepted we see potential for significant EPS growth in 2013-14 off of the lowered 2012 consensus estimate."

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Shares of Dow Chemical closed at $28.79 yesterday.

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