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

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 90 points (+0.6%) at 15,225 as of Monday, Jul 8, 2013, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 23.8 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 616.5 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,918 issues advancing vs. 563 declining with 162 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company (NYSE: DD), which is sporting a 67-cent gain (+1.3%) bringing the stock to $53.67. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 5.07 points or roughly accounting for 5.6% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company currently sits at 219,740 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 $48.23 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and chemicals industry. Shares are up 17.8% 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.

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 has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

Holding back the Dow today is Intel (Nasdaq: INTC), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 43-cent decline (-1.8%) bringing the stock to $23.63. Volume for Intel currently sits at 2.8 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 44.8 million shares.

Intel has a market cap of $118.12 billion and is part of the technology sector and electronics industry. Shares are up 16.7% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.8%.

Intel Corporation designs, manufactures, and sells integrated digital technology platforms worldwide. The company operates through PC Client Group, Data Center Group, Other Intel Architecture, Software and Services, and All Other segments.

TheStreet Ratings rates Intel as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

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