Dow Today: E.I. Du Pont De Nemours & Company (DD) Leads The Day Higher, Bank Of America Corporation (BAC) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 35 points (+0.3%) at 13,361 as of Friday, Oct 12, 2012, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 39.6 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 575.4 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,351 issues advancing vs. 1,232 declining with 214 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 45-cent gain (+0.9%) bringing the stock to $49.23. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 3.41 points or roughly accounting for 9.7% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company currently sits at 95,316 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 4.7 million shares.

E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company has a market cap of $45.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and chemicals industry. Shares are up 6.6% year to date as of Thursday'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 13.3, 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 shows weak operating cash flow.

Holding back the Dow today is Bank of America Corporation (NYSE: BAC), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 13-cent decline (-1.4%) bringing the stock to $9.21. Volume for Bank of America Corporation currently sits at 16.6 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 134 million shares.

Bank of America Corporation has a market cap of $99.26 billion and is part of the financial sector and banking industry. Shares are up 68% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 0.4%.

Bank of America Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides various banking and financial products and services to individual consumers, small-and middle-market businesses, institutional investors, corporations, and governments in the United States and internationally. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.3, below the average banking industry P/E ratio of 9.8 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Bank of America Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and weak operating cash flow.

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