In the past six months, Dow Chemical stock (DOW) has jumped 19.69%. A sustained slump in the price of oil and natural gas (major feedstock for petrochemical companies) enabled the company to reduce $300M in raw material costs.
Since June of 2012, Procter & Gamble (PG) stock has surged 25.83%. In April of 2013, however, after reporting a less than stellar year-over-year (Y/Y) sales growth, Procter & Gamble stock tumbled more than 6.5% in just a matter of days. Under these circumstances, investors may be wondering whether Procter & Gamble stock still rates as a Good Buy, Hold or Sell. Does it make sense to hold on to PG shares, buy more at these levels, or seek opportunities somewhere else?
Since the beginning of the year, Arch Coal (ACI)’s stock price has dropped by 29.60%, causing lots of investors to wonder if ACI stock is a good buy, sell or hold. The decline in the company’s stock price has mostly been due to a plunge in coal demand. Arch Coal produces metallurgical coal, which is used in steel production. Due to decreasing prices of coal alternatives (such as Natural Gas), there has been a shift away from using coal in steel production in favor of the lower cost alternatives.