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The

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) is trading down 1.0 points at 13,123 as of Tuesday, Aug 28, 2012, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 16.6 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 621.4 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,510 issues advancing vs. 1,060 declining with 217 unchanged.

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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be

Kraft Foods

(Nasdaq:

KFT

), which is sporting a 14-cent gain (+0.3%) bringing the stock to $41.87. Volume for Kraft Foods currently sits at 354,022 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 10.4 million shares.

Kraft Foods has a market cap of $74.3 billion and is part of the

consumer goods

sector and

food & beverage

industry. Shares are up 11.7% year to date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.8%.

Kraft Foods Inc., together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets packaged food products worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.8, above the average food & beverage industry P/E ratio of 20.6 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kraft Foods as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

Holding back the Dow today is

Coca-Cola

(NYSE:

KO

), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 30-cent decline (-0.8%) bringing the stock to $37.88. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 2.27 points or roughly accounting for 227% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Coca-Cola currently sits at 1.1 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 12.8 million shares.

Coca-Cola has a market cap of $173.19 billion and is part of the

consumer goods

sector and

food & beverage

industry. Shares are up 9.1% year to date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.7%.

The Coca-Cola Company, a beverage company, engages in the manufacture, marketing, and sale of nonalcoholic beverages worldwide. The company primarily offers sparkling beverages and still beverages. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.4, equal to the average food & beverage industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Coca-Cola as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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