Dow Today: Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) Leads The Day Higher, E.I. Du Pont De Nemours & Company (DD) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 12.0 points at 13,470 as of Wednesday, Oct 3, 2012, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 17.7 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 579.5 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,253 issues advancing vs. 1,316 declining with 217 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ), which is sporting an 18-cent gain (+1.1%) bringing the stock to $17.31. Volume for Hewlett-Packard currently sits at 394,461 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 22.1 million shares.

Hewlett-Packard has a market cap of $33.84 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer hardware industry. Shares are down 33.5% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.1%.

Hewlett-Packard Company and its subsidiaries provide products, technologies, software, solutions, and services to individual consumers and small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), as well as to the government, health, and education sectors worldwide.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hewlett-Packard as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow, poor profit margins and generally high debt management risk.

Holding back the Dow today is E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company (NYSE: DD), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 32-cent decline (-0.6%) bringing the stock to $49.18. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 2.42 points or roughly accounting for 20.2% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company currently sits at 243,313 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of five million shares.

E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company has a market cap of $46.85 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and chemicals industry. Shares are up 10% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.4%.

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 13.6, 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.

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