Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Links. The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 51.0 points (-0.3%) at 15,607 as of Monday, Aug 5, 2013, 11:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 113.9 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 582.4 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,209 issues advancing vs. 1,685 declining with 120 unchanged.
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Holding back the Dow today is E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company (NYSE: DD), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 39-cent decline (-0.7%) bringing the stock to $59.53. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 2.95 points or roughly accounting for 5.8% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company currently sits at 2.1 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.1 million shares. E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company has a market cap of $53.97 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and chemicals industry. Shares are up 33.2% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.1%. 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. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid stock performance, considering both the consistency and magnitude of the price movement over time. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.