Dow Today: McDonald's Corporation (MCD) Leads The Day Higher, E.I. Du Pont De Nemours & Company (DD) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 81.0 points (-0.5%) at 15,558 as of Tuesday, Nov 5, 2013, 9:30 a.m. ET. During this time, 6.1 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 369.4 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 593 issues advancing vs. 2,134 declining with 132 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be McDonald's Corporation (NYSE: MCD), which is sporting a two-cent gain to $97.33. Volume for McDonald's Corporation currently sits at 30,485 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 4.6 million shares.

McDonald's Corporation has a market cap of $96.76 billion and is part of the services sector and leisure industry. Shares are up 10.2% year to date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.3%.

McDonald's Corporation franchises and operates McDonald's restaurants in the United States, Europe, the Asia/Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, Canada, and Latin America. Its restaurants offer various food items, soft drinks, coffee, and other beverages, as well as breakfast menus.

TheStreet Ratings rates McDonald's Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

Holding back the Dow today is E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company (NYSE: DD), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 54-cent decline (-0.9%) bringing the stock to $59.77. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 4.09 points or roughly accounting for 5% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company currently sits at 17,878 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.7 million shares.

Shares are up 35.8% year to date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.9%.

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 solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, growth in earnings per share and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

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