Dow Today: Procter & Gamble (PG) Lower

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up seven points at 13,986 as of Wednesday, Feb 6, 2013, 12:35 p.m. ET. During this time, 296.4 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 630.3 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,556 issues advancing vs. 1,333 declining with 149 unchanged.
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Holding back the Dow today is Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG), which is lagging the broader Dow index with an 11-cent decline (-0.1%) bringing the stock to $75.59. Volume for Procter & Gamble currently sits at 6.2 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 9.5 million shares.

Procter & Gamble has a market cap of $205.56 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and consumer non-durables industry. Shares are up 10.8% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3%.

The Procter & Gamble Company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of a range of branded consumer packaged goods. The company operates in five segments: Beauty, Grooming, Health Care, Fabric Care and Home Care, and Baby Care and Family Care. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Procter & Gamble as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels 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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