Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model

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The

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) is trading down 230.0 points (-1.7%) at 13,115 as of Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012, 10:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 172 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 572.3 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 358 issues advancing vs. 2,521 declining with 85 unchanged.

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Holding back the Dow today is

3M

(NYSE:

MMM

), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a $3.04 decline (-3.3%) bringing the stock to $89.48. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 23.01 points or roughly accounting for 10% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for 3M currently sits at 1.6 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 2.8 million shares.

3M has a market cap of $64.25 billion and is part of the conglomerates sector and conglomerates industry. Shares are up 13.7% year to date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.5%.

3M Company operates as a diversified technology company worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.2, equal to the average conglomerates industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates 3M as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

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