The

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) is trading down 44 points (-0.3%) at 12,690 as of Friday, Jan 27, 2012, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 27.7 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 sits at 1,275 issues advancing vs. 1,334 declining with 151 unchanged.

The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be

E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company

(NYSE:

DD

), which is sporting a 42-cent gain (+0.8%) bringing the stock to $51.36. Volume for E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company currently sits at 242,229 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 11.3% 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 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 12.9, 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 back the Dow today is

Chevron

(NYSE:

CVX

), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a $2.39 decline (-2.2%) bringing the stock to $104.20. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 18.09 points or roughly accounting for 41.1% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Chevron currently sits at 545,311 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 0.2% 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 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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