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Dow Today: E.I. Du Pont De Nemours & Company (DD) Leads The Day Higher, McDonald's Corporation (MCD) Lags

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed up 19 points (+0.1%) at 15,470. During the day, 626.4 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 594 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,959 issues advancing vs. 1,025 declining with 127 unchanged.

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The Dow component that led the way higher today was E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company (NYSE: DD), which sported a $2.87 gain (+5.3%) bringing the stock to $57.25. This single gain lifted the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 21.72 points or roughly accounting for 114.3% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company ended the day at 17.3 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.4 million shares.

E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company has a market cap of $50.29 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and chemicals industry. Shares are up 20.9% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.3%.

E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company operates as a science and technology based company worldwide. Its Agriculture segment provides corn hybrid, soybean, canola, sunflower, sorghum, inoculants, wheat, and rice seed products under the Pioneer brand; and herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides.

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, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

Holding the Dow back today was McDonald's Corporation (NYSE: MCD), which lagged the broader Dow index with a 78-cent decline (-0.8%) bringing the stock to $100.10. Volume for McDonald's Corporation ended the day at 5.3 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of five million shares.

McDonald's Corporation has a market cap of $101.01 billion and is part of the services sector and leisure industry. Shares are up 14.4% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.1%.

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.

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 stock price during the past year and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

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