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 13,102 as of Thursday, Oct 25, 2012, 10:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 128.4 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 565.6 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,766 issues advancing vs. 1,007 declining with 158 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 30-cent gain (+0.7%) bringing the stock to $45.21. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 2.27 points or roughly accounting for 9.1% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company currently sits at 1.7 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.1 million shares. E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company has a market cap of $42.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and chemicals industry. Shares are down 1.2% year to date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.8%. 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 13.8, above the average chemicals industry P/E ratio of 12.2 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.