NEW YORK Dec 6 Dow Chemical Co (DOW.N) has
emerged in the recession as a bolder, stronger and
better-balanced company, due largely to its purchase of
speciality-chemicals maker Rohm & Haas in April, Barron's said
The deal, which was considered expensive when it was first
unveiled, allowed Dow to buy a business that would increase its
exposure to high-margin specialty materials and reduce its
reliance on lower-margin commodity products, the financial
That exposure coupled with the company's growing
investments in emerging markets and cost savings have put Dow
on track to exceed Wall Street profit expectations as the
recession fades and eventually boost its shares.
Dow Chemical's stock fell 16 cents, or 0.6 percent, to
close at $27.48 on the New York Stock Exchange.
(Reporting by Deepa Seetharaman; Editing by Jan Paschal)