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47. Dow Chemical
Dow Chemical
Financials: Latest Results
Rank: 47 (Previous rank: 45)
CEO: Andrew N. Liveris
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Dow's Chemical's products touch so many parts of the industrial supply chain -- whether it has to do with electronics, construction materials, or pharmaceuticals -- that the company is a telling barometer for the world economy.

Economic instability in Europe and uncertain expectations in emerging markets have given this chemical giant some pause, but it still managed to post increased revenues and profits for 2011. In April of this year, however, Dow said that it would shutter four plants across its global operations and lay off 900 workers in an effort to cut costs.

But it's not all doom and gloom at Dow Chemical. In November, the company announced that it had signed a $20 billion joint venture agreement with state-owned oil giant Saudi Aramco to build a massive chemical plant along the Persian Gulf in Jubail, Saudi Arabia. And it announced a 28% dividend bump for shareholders in April.

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Key financials $ millions % change
from 2010
Revenues 59,985.0 11.8
Profits 2,742.0 18.7
Assets 69,224.0
Stockholders' equity 22,281.0
Market value (3/29/2012) 40,516.0
Profits as % of  
Revenues 4.6
Assets 4.0
Stockholders' equity 12.3
Earnings per share  
2011 $ 2.05
% change from 2010 19.2
2001-2011 annual growth rate % N.A.
Total return to investors %
2011 -13.7
2001-2011 annual rate 2.1
Industry: Chemicals
Rank Company 500
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Revenues
($ millions)
1 Dow Chemical 47 59,985.0
2 DuPont 72 38,719.0
3 PPG Industries 180 14,885.0
4 Monsanto 224 11,822.0
5 Huntsman 237 11,259.0
6 Praxair 238 11,252.0
7 Air Products & Chemicals 265 10,082.0
8 Mosaic 268 9,937.8
9 Sherwin-Williams 293 8,765.7
10 Ashland 307 8,370.0
11 Eastman Chemical 346 7,283.0
12 Ecolab 365 6,798.5
13 Avery Dennison 367 6,786.7
14 Celanese 368 6,763.0
15 CF Industries Holdings 402 6,097.9
16 Momentive Specialty Chemicals 452 5,352.0
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