Dow Today: International Business Machines (IBM) Leads The Day Higher, E.I. Du Pont De Nemours & Company (DD) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed up 48 points (+0.4%) at 12,836. During the day, 504.7 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 615.8 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 2,016 issues advancing vs. 967 declining with 122 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM), which sported a $1.09 gain (+0.6%) bringing the stock to $190.29. This single gain lifted the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 8.25 points or roughly accounting for 17.2% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for International Business Machines ended the day at three million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 4.1 million shares.

International Business Machines has a market cap of $215.08 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer hardware industry. Shares are up 2.9% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.8%.

International Business Machines Corporation provides information technology (IT) products and services worldwide. The company operates in five segments: Global Technology Services, Global Business Services, Software, Systems and Technology, and Global Financing. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates International Business Machines as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

Holding the Dow back today was E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company (NYSE: DD), which lagged the broader Dow index with a 38-cent decline (-0.9%) bringing the stock to $42.42. Volume for E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company ended the day at 4.9 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of six million shares.

E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company has a market cap of $40.03 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and chemicals industry. Shares are down 6.2% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 4%.

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 13.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company as a buy. Among the primary strengths of the company is its respectable return on equity which we feel is likely to continue. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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