Dow Jones (DJIA) Today: 3M (MMM) Lower

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 263.0 points (-1.5%) at 16,947 as of Thursday, Sep 25, 2014, 1:36 p.m. ET. During this time, 172.1 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 298.3 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 479 issues advancing vs. 2,557 declining with 127 unchanged.
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Holding back the Dow today is 3M (NYSE: MMM), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a $2.20 decline (-1.5%) bringing the stock to $142.68. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 16.65 points or roughly accounting for 6.3% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for 3M currently sits at 1.5 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 2.1 million shares.

3M has a market cap of $93.55 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. Shares are up 3.3% year-to-date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.4%.

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 solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

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