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 down 14.0 points at 15,312 as of Thursday, Sep 12, 2013, 11:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 145 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 521.4 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,149 issues advancing vs. 1,700 declining with 137 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 68-cent decline (-1.2%) bringing the stock to $58.15. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 5.15 points or roughly accounting for 36.8% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company currently sits at two million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of five million shares. E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company has a market cap of $53.6 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and chemicals industry. Shares are up 29% year to date as of Wednesday'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. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.