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 up 25 points (+0.2%) at 13,127 as of Wednesday, Oct 24, 2012, 12:35 p.m. ET. During this time, 276 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 564 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,551 issues advancing vs. 1,332 declining with 156 unchanged.
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Holding back the Dow today is Alcoa (NYSE: AA), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a three-cent decline (-0.4%) bringing the stock to $8.75. Volume for Alcoa currently sits at 10.9 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 17.6 million shares. Alcoa has a market cap of $9.71 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and metals & mining industry. Shares are up 5.2% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.3%. Alcoa Inc. engages in the production and management of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum, and alumina. The company operates in four segments: Alumina, Primary Metals, Flat-Rolled Products, and Engineered Products and Solutions. TheStreet Ratings rates Alcoa as a hold. The company's strongest point has been its a solid financial position based on a variety of debt and liquidity measures that we have looked at. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.