The Dow Chemical Earnings Preview: Get Ahead of the Analysts

The Dow Chemical (NYSE:DOW) will report earnings before markets open on Thursday, April 25th. The Dow Chemical Company is a diversified chemical company that provides chemical, plastic, and agricultural products and services to various essential consumer markets. The Company serves customers in countries around the world in markets such as food, transportation,health and medicine, personal care, and construction.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to The Dow Chemical Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $0.62 per share on revenues of $14.88 billion. Currently, the company’s P/E ratio stands at 43.11.

Analyst Trends:

Analysts have a neutral outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings is a profit of $0.7 and has not changed. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $2.34, which is worse than the estimate ninety days ago.

Earnings Trends:

Here’s how The Dow Chemical has been performing on an annual basis:

Fiscal Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 57,360 44,880 53,670 59,980 56,790
Diluted EPS ($) 0.62 0.32 1.72 2.05 0.70

Next, our CHEAT SHEET investing framework asks us to drill down to the recent quarterly data:

Quarter Dec. 31, 2011 Mar. 31, 2012 Jun. 30, 2012 Sep. 30, 2012 Dec. 31, 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 14,100 14,720 14,510 13,640 13,920
Diluted EPS ($) -0.02 0.35 0.55 0.42 -0.62

Past Performance:
The Dow Chemical has beat analyst estimates 2 times in the past four quarters. This is not consistent enough to get bullish yet.

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