Based on the aggregated intelligence of 135,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, chemical giant Dow Chemical (NYSE:DOW) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Dow facts

Headquarters (founded)

Midland, Mich. (1897)

Market Cap

$18.29 billion


Diversified chemicals

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$51.78 billion


CEO Andrew Liveris (since 2004)
CFO Geoffery Merszei (since 2005)

Return on Equity (average, last five years)


Dividend Yield



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CAPS Members Bullish on DOW Also Bullish on

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Sources: Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor's, and Motley Fool CAPS.

Over on CAPS, 2,072 of the 2,188 members who have rated Dow -- some 95% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include pauleckler and jed71.

Last month, pauleckler saw some signs that Dow is starting to motor: "As GM and Chrysler move toward reorganization and resumption of manufacturing, Dow should benefit. New car sales (and new housing starts) are major indicators of big volume chemical sales."

In a pitch from three weeks later, jed71 also informs Fools that Dow is slowly (but surely) getting over its buyout blues:

The Rohm and Haas purchase was a complete debacle. … The crisis in this company was at one point so strong, there was a small possibility that they may have been forced into bankruptcy … But not anymore.

Dow has correctly recognized they now have a large debt problem (duh!). … It will take some time, but Dow will successfully pay back the bridge loan and once again be prepared to grow its business.

The purchase of [Rohm & Haas] has enabled the company to become a growth company once more. They can leverage their existing customer base and have an expanded product line / offering beyond the commoditized chemicals. The margins captured on the newer lines are going to generate much higher profits / cash with much less volatility. This may not play out for a few years, but I do believe this will be a multi-bagger over time. $15 a share is a steal considering future growth and cash generation.

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