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 Link. The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 108 points (+0.7%) at 14,941 as of Wednesday, Sep 4, 2013, 12:35 p.m. ET. During this time, 277 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 2,111 issues advancing vs. 816 declining with 96 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Alcoa (NYSE: AA), which is sporting a five-cent gain (+0.7%) bringing the stock to $7.77. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 0.38 points or roughly accounting for 0.4% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Alcoa currently sits at 13.6 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. Shares are down 11.1% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.6%. 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.