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Dow Chemical (DOW) Tops Q4 Earnings & Revenue Estimates

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Dow ChemicalDOW is the biggest U.S. chemical maker by sales, offering a vast range of chemical, plastic and agricultural products and services. As the company's products are used in almost every industry, its results put a spotlight on end market scenario and demand trends for chemical products across a bevy of industries.

Dow is aggressively pursuing its productivity and growth actions as well as its cost-reduction initiatives amid a still challenging operating backdrop. Moreover, Dow continues to seek opportunities to optimize its portfolio by selectively divesting underperforming assets and gradually shift focus to high-growth markets.

Let's have a quick look at this chemical behemoth's fourth-quarter 2016 release.

Estimate Trend & Surprise History

Investors should note that the earnings estimate for Dow for the fourth quarter has been static over the past week. Dow has beaten the Zacks Consensus Estimate in the trailing 4 quarters with an average beat of 16.40%. Investors have been eagerly awaiting Dow's latest earnings report to see whether it continues the winning streak.

Dow Chemical Company (The) Price and EPS Surprise

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Earnings

Dow logged adjusted earnings of 99 cents per share that topped the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 88 cents.

Revenues

Dow recorded net sales of $13,020 million, up roughly 14% year over year. That surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $12,479 million.

Key Stats/Developments to Note

Dow is witnessing signs of positive economic momentum with the U.S. currently in expansionary mode while Europe continues its gradual recovery notwithstanding growing political uncertainty and geopolitical tensions. Moreover, sustained growth of middle class continues to drive demand in Asia. The company also envisions improvement in Latin America with slow but stable gains in Brazil.

Zacks Rank

Dow currently has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold), but that could change following the company's earnings report which was just released.

Market Reaction

Dow's shares rose around 2.3% in the pre-market trading . It would be interesting to see how the market reacts to the results during the trading session today.

Check back later for our full write up on Dow's earnings report!

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