Dow Today: E.I. Du Pont De Nemours & Company (DD) Leads The Day Higher, Verizon Communications (VZ) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 16 points at 16,478 as of Thursday, Jan 9, 2014, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 13 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 358.1 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,554 issues advancing vs. 1,121 declining with 215 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company (NYSE: DD), which is sporting a $1.03 gain (+1.6%) bringing the stock to $64.16. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 7.8 points or roughly accounting for 48.8% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company currently sits at 300,141 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of four million shares.

E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company has a market cap of $57.72 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and chemicals industry. Shares are down 2.8% year to date as of Wednesday'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. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

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 and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Holding back the Dow today is Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 35-cent decline (-0.7%) bringing the stock to $48.15. Volume for Verizon Communications currently sits at 734,447 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 11.5 million shares.

Verizon Communications has a market cap of $141 billion and is part of the technology sector and telecommunications industry. Shares are down 1.3% year to date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 4.3%.

Verizon Communications Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides communications, information and entertainment products and services to consumers, businesses, and governmental agencies worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 64.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Verizon Communications as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

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