Dow Today: Alcoa (AA) Higher

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 139 points (+1.1%) at 13,251 as of Tuesday, Nov 6, 2012, 12:35 p.m. ET. During this time, 257.2 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 573.4 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,145 issues advancing vs. 786 declining with 111 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Alcoa (NYSE: AA), which is sporting a 14-cent gain (+1.6%) bringing the stock to $8.74. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 1.06 points or roughly accounting for 0.8% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Alcoa currently sits at 10.5 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 17.4 million shares.

Alcoa has a market cap of $9.23 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and metals & mining industry. Shares are up 0% year to date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.4%.

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. The company has a P/E ratio of -41.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

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.

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