Dow Today: Walt Disney (DIS) Leads The Day Higher, E.I. Du Pont De Nemours & Company (DD) Lags

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 99 points (+0.7%) at 15,008 as of Monday, Jul 1, 2013, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 23.6 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 621.4 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,216 issues advancing vs. 406 declining with 105 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS), which is sporting a $1.06 gain (+1.7%) bringing the stock to $64.21. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 8.02 points or roughly accounting for 8.1% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Walt Disney currently sits at 428,301 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 8.3 million shares.

Walt Disney has a market cap of $114.76 billion and is part of the services sector and media industry. Shares are up 26.8% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.2%.

The Walt Disney Company operates as an entertainment company worldwide. Its Media Networks segment engages in broadcast television network, television production and distribution, television stations, broadcast radio networks and stations, and publishing and digital operations. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Walt Disney as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Holding back the Dow today is E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company (NYSE: DD), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 14-cent decline (-0.3%) bringing the stock to $52.36. Volume for E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company currently sits at 530,514 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.9 million shares.

E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company has a market cap of $49.31 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and chemicals industry. Shares are up 16.7% year to date as of Friday'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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