Dow Today: Chevron (CVX) Higher

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 54 points (+0.4%) at 14,509 as of Thursday, Mar 14, 2013, 1:35 p.m. ET. During this time, 281.6 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 618.7 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,835 issues advancing vs. 1,117 declining with 107 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Chevron (NYSE: CVX), which is sporting a $1.68 gain (+1.4%) bringing the stock to $120.04. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 12.71 points or roughly accounting for 23.5% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Chevron currently sits at 4.1 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.6 million shares.

Chevron has a market cap of $229.72 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are up 9.5% year to date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3%.

Chevron Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in petroleum, chemicals, mining, power generation, and energy operations worldwide. It operates in two segments, Upstream and Downstream. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chevron as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

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