Dow Today: Alcoa (AA) Higher

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 2.0 points at 15,458 as of Friday, Jul 12, 2013, 11:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 182.9 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 609.7 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,404 issues advancing vs. 1,449 declining with 135 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Alcoa (NYSE: AA), which is sporting a one-cent gain (+0.1%) bringing the stock to $8.11. Volume for Alcoa currently sits at 8.1 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 17.7 million shares.

Alcoa has a market cap of $8.47 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and metals & mining industry. Shares are down 8.8% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.5%.

Alcoa Inc. engages in the production and management of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum, and alumina. The company operates in four segments: Alumina, Primary Metals, Global Rolled Products, and Engineered Products and Solutions.

TheStreet Ratings rates Alcoa as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, disappointing return on equity and generally higher debt management risk.

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