Dow Today: Alcoa (AA) Higher Dow Today: Alcoa (AA) Lower

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 20 points (+0.1%) at 14,095 as of Thursday, Feb 28, 2013, 12:35 p.m. ET. During this time, 216.5 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 628.6 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,588 issues advancing vs. 1,275 declining with 158 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Alcoa (NYSE: AA), which is sporting a zero-cent gain to $8.54. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 0.0 points or roughly accounting for 0% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Alcoa currently sits at 9.9 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 18.1 million shares.

Alcoa has a market cap of $8.99 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and metals & mining industry. Shares are down 3.1% year to date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.4%.

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 46.7, 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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