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Dow Today: Chevron (CVX) Leads The Day Higher, E.I. Du Pont De Nemours & Company (DD) Lags

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed down two points at 12,982. During the day, 503.5 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 818.6 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,632 issues advancing vs. 1,362 declining with 116 unchanged.

The Dow component that led the way higher today was Chevron (NYSE: CVX), which sported a 73-cent gain (+0.7%) bringing the stock to $109.08. Volume for Chevron ended the day at 5.8 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 8.8 million shares.

Chevron has a market cap of $212.53 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are up 1.8% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3%.

Chevron Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in petroleum, chemicals, mining, power generation, and energy operations worldwide. It operates in two segments, Upstream and Downstream. The company has a P/E ratio of eight, equal to the average energy industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chevron as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Holding the Dow back today was E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company (NYSE: DD), which lagged the broader Dow index with a 45-cent decline (-0.9%) bringing the stock to $50.98. This single loss lowered the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 3.41 points or roughly accounting for 170.5% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company ended the day at 4.2 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.8 million shares.

E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company has a market cap of $45.65 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and chemicals industry. Shares are up 12.3% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.2%.

E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company operates as a science and technology based company worldwide. Its Agriculture segment provides hybrid corn and soybean seeds, and grains under the Pioneer brand name; and herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.9, above the average chemicals industry P/E ratio of 13.4 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated.

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