Dow Today: E.I. Du Pont De Nemours & Company (DD) Lower

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 20 points (+0.2%) at 12,942 as of Monday, Mar 12, 2012, 11:40 a.m. ET. During this time, 207.4 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 1,178 issues advancing vs. 1,710 declining with 107 unchanged.

Holding back the Dow today is E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company (NYSE: DD), which is lagging the broader Dow index with an eight-cent decline (-0.2%) bringing the stock to $51.42. Volume for E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company currently sits at 2.7 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 12.5% year to date as of Friday'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 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 13.9, above 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 revenue growth, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. 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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