Dow Today: Alcoa (AA) Higher

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 13.0 points at 14,797 as of Tuesday, Sep 3, 2013, 1:35 p.m. ET. During this time, 391.2 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 535.7 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,491 issues advancing vs. 1,454 declining with 92 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Alcoa (NYSE: AA), which is sporting a two-cent gain (+0.3%) bringing the stock to $7.72. Volume for Alcoa currently sits at 15.7 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 17.7 million shares.

Alcoa has a market cap of $8.24 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and metals & mining industry.

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, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

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