Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model. The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 19 points (+0.1%) at 14,073 as of Friday, Mar 1, 2013, 1:35 p.m. ET. During this time, 372.6 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 627.5 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,431 issues advancing vs. 1,479 declining with 137 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 22-cent gain (+0.5%) bringing the stock to $48.12. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 1.67 points or roughly accounting for 8.8% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company currently sits at 3.9 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of six million shares. E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company has a market cap of $44.39 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and chemicals industry. Shares are up 5.6% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.6%. E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company operates as a science and technology based company worldwide. Its Agriculture segment provides corn hybrid, soybean, canola, sunflower, sorghum, inoculants, wheat, and rice seed products under the Pioneer brand; and herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. TheStreet Ratings rates E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.