Dow Today: Home Depot (HD) Leads The Day Higher, E.I. Du Pont De Nemours & Company (DD) Lags

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed down 115.0 points (-0.8%) at 14,909. During the day, 616.7 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 621.9 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,529 issues advancing vs. 1,487 declining with 104 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Home Depot (NYSE: HD), which sported a $1.20 gain (+1.6%) bringing the stock to $77.47. Volume for Home Depot ended the day at 11.7 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 7.6 million shares.

Home Depot has a market cap of $110.54 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are up 23.3% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.1%.

The Home Depot, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Home Depot as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value.

Holding the Dow back today was E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company (NYSE: DD), which lagged the broader Dow index with a $1.07 decline (-2%) bringing the stock to $52.50. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 8.1 points or roughly accounting for 7% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company ended the day at 7.5 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of seven million shares.

E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company has a market cap of $49.27 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and chemicals industry. Shares are up 19.1% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.4%.

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 20.7, 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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