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 9.0 points at 16,564 as of Thursday, Apr 3, 2014, 1:36 p.m. ET. During this time, 172.2 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 421.2 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,214 issues advancing vs. 1,745 declining with 172 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be 3M (NYSE: MMM), which is sporting a one-cent gain to $136.01. Volume for 3M currently sits at 1.6 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of three million shares. 3M has a market cap of $89.81 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. Shares are down 3% year to date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.6%. 3M Company operates as a diversified technology company worldwide. TheStreet Ratings rates 3M as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.