Dow Today: Pfizer (PFE) Higher

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 4.0 points at 12,961 as of Tuesday, Dec 4, 2012, 1:35 p.m. ET. During this time, 327.2 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 628 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,339 issues advancing vs. 1,592 declining with 141 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Pfizer (NYSE: PFE), which is sporting a seven-cent gain (+0.3%) bringing the stock to $25.16. Volume for Pfizer currently sits at 17.4 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 29 million shares.

Pfizer has a market cap of $184.21 billion and is part of the health care sector and drugs industry. Shares are up 15.6% year to date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.5%.

Pfizer Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, engages in the discovery, development, manufacture, and sale of medicines for people and animals worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Pfizer as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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