Based on the aggregated intelligence of 115,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Dow Chemical (NYSE:DOW) has earned a coveted five-star ranking. Our data has shown that five-star stocks outperform the market by a significant margin; conversely, one-star stocks have woefully lagged the market average.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Dow Chemical's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Dow Chemical facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Midland, Michigan (1897)

Market Cap

$31.69 billion


Diversified Chemicals

TTM Revenue

$59.02 billion


CEO Andrew Liveris (since 2004),

CFO Geoffery Merszei (since 2005)

Return on Capital (average last three years)



DuPont (NYSE:DD),

Monsanto (NYSE:MON)

CAPS members bullish on DOW also bullish on

General Electric (NYSE:GE),

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ)

CAPS members bearish on DOW also bearish on

Ford Motor (NYSE:F),

General Motors (NYSE:GM)

Sources: Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor's, and Motley Fool CAPS. TTM = trailing 12 months.

Over on CAPS, fully 358 of 375 of the All-Star members who have rated Dow Chemical -- some 95% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These All-Star bulls include choppaz4life and saxonglass, both of whom are ranked in the top 10% of our community.

Last month, choppaz4life noted that Dow Chemical is a "Long term winner with a decent strong dividend. Like it or not chemicals are in and on and make up almost everything we touch on any given day."

In a pitch in February, saxonglass shares that bullish sentiment, highlighting the stock as a rather unnoticed restructuring play:

I'm not sure people realize the fundamental change that has occurred in [Dow Chemical]'s business model. Several joint venture companies have been formed and virtually every one will provide [Dow Chemical] with distinct advantages relative to raw materials and markets. The Saudi JV provides a stable, low cost supply of petro. The JV in Brazil with a stable raw material for many plastic products. [Dow Chemical] should be less cyclical than in the past.

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