Dow Today: Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) Leads The Day Higher, E.I. Du Pont De Nemours & Company (DD) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 115.0 points (-0.8%) at 15,192 as of Thursday, May 23, 2013, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 63.3 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 590.1 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 315 issues advancing vs. 1,950 declining with 100 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ), which is sporting a $2.12 gain (+10%) bringing the stock to $23.35. Volume for Hewlett-Packard currently sits at 8.8 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 22.1 million shares.

Hewlett-Packard has a market cap of $41.04 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer hardware industry. Shares are up 49% year to date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.5%.

Hewlett-Packard Company and its subsidiaries provide products, technologies, software, solutions, and services to individual consumers, small-and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), and large enterprises, including customers in the government, health, and education sectors worldwide.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hewlett-Packard as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and deteriorating net income.

Holding back the Dow today is E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company (NYSE: DD), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a $1.53 decline (-2.8%) bringing the stock to $54.04. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 11.58 points or roughly accounting for 10.1% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company currently sits at 614,260 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.7 million shares.

E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company has a market cap of $51.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and chemicals industry. Shares are up 25.3% year to date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.2%.

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 21.7, 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 revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

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