Dow Today: Alcoa (AA) Leads The Day Higher, Home Depot (HD) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up four points at 15,502 as of Friday, Aug 9, 2013, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 14.3 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 573 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 971 issues advancing vs. 1,560 declining with 194 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Alcoa (NYSE: AA), which is sporting a four-cent gain (+0.5%) bringing the stock to $7.95. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 0.3 points or roughly accounting for 7.5% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Alcoa currently sits at 680,946 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 16.4 million shares.

Alcoa has a market cap of $8.33 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and metals & mining industry. Shares are down 10.3% 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. Among the primary strengths of the company is its respectable return on equity which we feel is likely to continue. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, generally higher debt management risk and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

Holding back the Dow today is Home Depot (NYSE: HD), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 64-cent decline (-0.8%) bringing the stock to $79.40. Volume for Home Depot currently sits at 237,368 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 7.3 million shares.

Home Depot has a market cap of $115.15 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are up 29.4% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2%.

The Home Depot, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer.

TheStreet Ratings rates Home Depot as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

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