Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model. The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 9.0 points at 13,542 as of Wednesday, Oct 17, 2012, 12:35 p.m. ET. During this time, 399.5 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 563.5 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,011 issues advancing vs. 856 declining with 158 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Bank of America Corporation (NYSE: BAC), which is sporting a six-cent gain (+0.6%) bringing the stock to $9.52. Volume for Bank of America Corporation currently sits at 150 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 130.5 million shares. Bank of America Corporation has a market cap of $101.73 billion and is part of the financial sector and banking industry. Shares are up 70.1% year to date as of Tuesday'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 7.4, below the average banking industry P/E ratio of 10 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.