Dow Today: Cisco Systems (CSCO) Leads The Day Higher, E I Du Pont De Nemours & Company (DD) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is unchanged at 16,956 as of Wednesday, Jul 2, 2014, 9:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 14.3 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 324.3 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,270 issues advancing vs. 1,439 declining with 264 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Cisco Systems (Nasdaq: CSCO), which is sporting a 23-cent gain (+0.9%) bringing the stock to $25.12. Volume for Cisco Systems currently sits at 2.5 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 32.9 million shares.

Cisco Systems has a market cap of $127.3 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer hardware industry. Shares are up 11.8% year-to-date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.1%.

Cisco Systems, Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells Internet protocol (IP) and other products related to the communications and information technology industry worldwide.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cisco Systems as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins 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.

Holding back the Dow today is E I du Pont de Nemours & Company (NYSE: DD), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 42-cent decline (-0.6%) bringing the stock to $65. Volume for E I du Pont de Nemours & Company currently sits at 364,238 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.7 million shares.

E I du Pont de Nemours & Company has a market cap of $60.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and chemicals industry. Shares are up 0.7% year-to-date as of Tuesday'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.

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 largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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