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Dow Today: McDonald's Corporation (MCD) Leads The Day Higher, Alcoa (AA) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI) is trading up eight points at 15,256 as of Monday, Jun 10, 2013, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 40.9 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 601.8 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,600 issues advancing vs. 905 declining with 176 unchanged.

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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be McDonald's Corporation (NYSE:MCD), which is sporting a $1.17 gain (+1.2%) bringing the stock to $99.45. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 8.85 points or roughly accounting for 110.6% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for McDonald's Corporation currently sits at 580,961 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.1 million shares.

McDonald's Corporation has a market cap of $96.93 billion and is part of the services sector and leisure industry. Shares are up 11.4% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.2%.

McDonald's Corporation franchises and operates McDonald's restaurants in the United States, Europe, the Asia/Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, Canada, and Latin America. Its restaurants offer various food items, soft drinks, coffee, and other beverages, as well as breakfast menus. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates McDonald's Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and increase in stock price during the past year. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

Holding back the Dow today is Alcoa (NYSE:AA), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a six-cent decline (-0.7%) bringing the stock to $8.27. Volume for Alcoa currently sits at 468,562 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 17.3 million shares.

Alcoa has a market cap of $8.83 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and metals & mining industry. Shares are down 4% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.5%.

Alcoa Inc. engages in the production and management of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum, and alumina. The company operates in four segments: Alumina, Primary Metals, Global Rolled Products, and Engineered Products and Solutions. The company has a P/E ratio of 37.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Alcoa as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

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