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The

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) is trading down 62.0 points (-0.5%) at 13,045 as of Thursday, Aug 30, 2012, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 19.9 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 609 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 568 issues advancing vs. 2,072 declining with 151 unchanged.

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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be

E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company

(NYSE:

DD

), which is sporting a four-cent gain to $49.98. Volume for E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company currently sits at 241,423 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 4.6 million shares.

E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company has a market cap of $46.33 billion and is part of the

basic materials

sector and

chemicals

industry. Shares are up 8.8% year to date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.5%.

E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company operates as a science and technology based company worldwide. Its Agriculture segment provides hybrid corn and soybean seeds, and grains under the Pioneer brand name; and herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.5, equal to the average chemicals industry P/E ratio 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 revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Holding back the Dow today is

United Technologies

(NYSE:

UTX

), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a $1.11 decline (-1.4%) bringing the stock to $79.06. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 8.4 points or roughly accounting for 13.5% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for United Technologies currently sits at 159,253 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of four million shares.

United Technologies has a market cap of $73.53 billion and is part of the

conglomerates

sector and

conglomerates

industry. Shares are up 10.3% year to date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.7%.

United Technologies Corporation provides technology products and services to the building systems and aerospace industries worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.6, below the average conglomerates industry P/E ratio of 14.1 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Technologies 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, good cash flow from operations, notable return on equity, increase in stock price during the past year and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

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