Dow Today: E.I. Du Pont De Nemours & Company (DD) Leads The Day Higher, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 51 points (+0.4%) at 13,186 as of Monday, Dec 17, 2012, 9:30 a.m. ET. During this time, 14.8 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 620.9 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,726 issues advancing vs. 870 declining with 177 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 55-cent gain (+1.3%) bringing the stock to $44.64. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 4.16 points or roughly accounting for 8.2% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company currently sits at 278,190 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 $41.01 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and chemicals industry. Shares are down 3.9% year to date as of Friday'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 13.4, 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 Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a two-cent decline (-0.2%) bringing the stock to $14.72. Volume for Hewlett-Packard currently sits at 518,332 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 32.4 million shares.

Hewlett-Packard has a market cap of $28.51 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer hardware industry. Shares are down 42.7% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.6%.

Hewlett-Packard Company and its subsidiaries provide products, technologies, software, solutions, and services to individual consumers and small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), as well as to the government, health, and education sectors worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 3.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hewlett-Packard as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

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