The

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) closed down 22 points (-0.2%) at 12,734. During the day, 766.9 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 1,473 issues advancing vs. 1,533 declining with 100 unchanged.

The Dow component that led the way higher today was

E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company

(NYSE:

DD

), which sported a 35-cent gain (+0.7%) bringing the stock to $50.94. Volume for E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company ended the day at 7.3 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 10.5% year to date as of Wednesday'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 company worldwide. It operates in seven segments: Agriculture & Nutrition, Electronics & Communications, Performance Chemicals, Performance Coatings, Performance Materials, Safety & Protection, and Pharmaceuticals. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.6, below 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 robust revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated.

Holding the Dow back today was

Chevron

(NYSE:

CVX

), which lagged the broader Dow index with a $1.14 decline (-1.1%) bringing the stock to $106.59. This single loss lowered the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 8.63 points or roughly accounting for 39.2% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Chevron ended the day at 6.9 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 1.3% year to date as of Wednesday'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 7.9, 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 solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, robust revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

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