Dow Today: E.I. Du Pont De Nemours & Company (DD) Leads The Day Higher, Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 13 points at 13,183 as of Friday, Dec 14, 2012, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 17.6 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 623 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 965 issues advancing vs. 1,520 declining with 163 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 28-cent gain (+0.6%) bringing the stock to $44.26. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 2.12 points or roughly accounting for 16.3% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company currently sits at 241,783 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.2 million shares.

E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company has a market cap of $41.31 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and chemicals industry. Shares are down 3.2% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.9%.

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 13.5, 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.

Holding back the Dow today is Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq: MSFT), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 15-cent decline (-0.6%) bringing the stock to $26.96. Volume for Microsoft Corporation currently sits at 1.7 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 55.7 million shares.

Microsoft Corporation has a market cap of $229.26 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are up 4.4% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.4%.

Microsoft Corporation develops, licenses, and supports software products and services; and designs and sells hardware worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Microsoft Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins, notable return on equity and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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