The

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) is trading down 18.0 points (-0.1%) at 12,478 as of Thursday, May 24, 2012, 12:35 p.m. ET. During this time, 375.7 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 731.5 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,199 issues advancing vs. 1,702 declining with 122 unchanged.

Holding back the Dow today is

E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company

(NYSE:

DD

), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 44-cent decline (-0.9%) bringing the stock to $48.29. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 3.33 points or roughly accounting for 18.5% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company currently sits at 2.9 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of five million shares.

E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company has a market cap of $45.52 billion and is part of the

basic materials

sector and

chemicals

industry. Shares are up 6.1% 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, 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, increase in net income and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated.

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