Dow Today: E.I. Du Pont De Nemours & Company (DD) Leads The Day Higher, Travelers Companies (TRV) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 18 points (+0.1%) at 16,476 as of Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 25.7 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 360.6 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,234 issues advancing vs. 593 declining with 188 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 an 86-cent gain (+1.3%) bringing the stock to $64.88. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 6.51 points or roughly accounting for 36.2% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company currently sits at 279,119 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of four million shares.

E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company has a market cap of $59.29 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and chemicals industry. Shares are down 1.5% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.8%.

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 22.2, 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 Travelers Companies (NYSE: TRV), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a $2.30 decline (-2.7%) bringing the stock to $84.17. Volume for Travelers Companies currently sits at 552,822 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 1.9 million shares.

Travelers Companies has a market cap of $31.48 billion and is part of the financial sector and insurance industry. Shares are down 4.5% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.3%.

The Travelers Companies, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides various commercial and personal property and casualty insurance products and services to businesses, government units, associations, and individuals primarily in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 11, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Travelers Companies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share, notable return on equity and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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