The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 100 points (+0.6%) at 15,570 as of Thursday, Jul 18, 2013, 11:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 293.1 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 592.8 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,163 issues advancing vs. 710 declining with 119 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 36-cent gain (+0.6%) bringing the stock to $57.61. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 2.72 points or roughly accounting for 2.7% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company currently sits at 5.9 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.4 million shares. E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company has a market cap of $50.05 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and chemicals industry. Shares are up 27.3% year to date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.3%. 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.