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 down 26.0 points (-0.2%) at 14,513 as of Friday, Mar 15, 2013, 12:35 p.m. ET. During this time, 543.4 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 615.6 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,309 issues advancing vs. 1,578 declining with 140 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be 3M (NYSE: MMM), which is sporting a 54-cent gain (+0.5%) bringing the stock to $106.56. Volume for 3M currently sits at 2.8 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 2.7 million shares. 3M has a market cap of $72.51 billion and is part of the conglomerates sector and conglomerates industry. Shares are up 14.2% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.4%. 3M Company operates as a diversified technology company worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. TheStreet Ratings rates 3M as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, increase in net income and growth in earnings per share. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.