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Dow Says Its Earnings Potential has Doubled

8:35 AM MST | November 13, 2009 | Robert Westervelt

Dow Chemical said last week that it expects to generate normalized earnings of $3.50-$5.50/share through 2015, roughly double that of the previous 2002-2005 upcycle when annual earnings averaged $2.20/share. Dow’s shift toward higher-margin diversified and specialty chemical businesses, underpinned by its acquisition of Rohm and Haas this year, will drive higher and more stable earnings, says Dow chairman and CEO Andrew Liveris. Dow says its new portfolio will generate revenue growth of 10%/year. Dow’s actions are setting the stage for a company that...

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