Dow Today: Alcoa (AA) Lower

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 75.0 points (-0.5%) at 13,852 as of Thursday, Feb 21, 2013, 12:35 p.m. ET. During this time, 357.1 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 620.8 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 794 issues advancing vs. 2,132 declining with 117 unchanged.
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Holding back the Dow today is Alcoa (NYSE: AA), which is lagging the broader Dow index with an eight-cent decline (-1%) bringing the stock to $8.68. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 0.61 points or roughly accounting for 0.8% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Alcoa currently sits at 13.3 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 17.2 million shares.

Alcoa has a market cap of $9.69 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and metals & mining industry. Shares are up 4.4% year to date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.3%.

Alcoa Inc. engages in the production and management of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum, and alumina. The company operates in four segments: Alumina, Primary Metals, Flat-Rolled Products, and Engineered Products and Solutions. The company has a P/E ratio of 50.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Alcoa as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

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