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

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed down 43.0 points (-0.3%) at 17,079. During the day, 187.6 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 298.9 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,267 issues advancing vs. 1,750 declining with 176 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was E I du Pont de Nemours & Company (NYSE: DD), which sported a 22-cent gain (+0.3%) bringing the stock to $66.15. Volume for E I du Pont de Nemours & Company ended the day at 1.6 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.8 million shares.

E I du Pont de Nemours & Company has a market cap of $60.55 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and chemicals industry. Shares are up 1.5% year-to-date as of Wednesday'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 increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

Holding the Dow back today was Boeing (NYSE: BA), which lagged the broader Dow index with a $1.09 decline (-0.8%) bringing the stock to $127.11. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 8.25 points or roughly accounting for 19.2% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Boeing ended the day at 3.1 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 4.3 million shares.

Boeing has a market cap of $92.67 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and aerospace/defense industry. Shares are down 6.1% year-to-date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.3%.

The Boeing Company, together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, manufactures, sells, services, and supports commercial jetliners, military aircraft, satellites, missile defense, human space flight, and launch systems and services worldwide.

TheStreet Ratings rates Boeing as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

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