Dow Jones (DJIA) Today: Microsoft (MSFT) Leads The Day Higher, E I Du Pont De Nemours & Company (DD) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 47 points (+0.3%) at 18,115 as of Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 9:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 21.6 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 366 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,140 issues advancing vs. 617 declining with 200 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT), which is sporting an 87-cent gain (+1.8%) bringing the stock to $48.22. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 6.58 points or roughly accounting for 14% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Microsoft currently sits at three million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 37.9 million shares.

Microsoft has a market cap of $383.2 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are up 2% year-to-date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.6%.

Microsoft Corporation develops, licenses, markets, and supports software, services, and devices worldwide. The company's Devices and Consumer (D&C) Licensing segment licenses Windows operating system and related software; Microsoft Office for consumers; and Windows Phone operating system.

TheStreet Ratings rates Microsoft as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

Holding back the Dow today is E I du Pont de Nemours & Company (NYSE: DD), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a $3.96 decline (-5.3%) bringing the stock to $70.40. Volume for E I du Pont de Nemours & Company currently sits at 4.6 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.2 million shares.

E I du Pont de Nemours & Company has a market cap of $68.25 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and chemicals industry. Shares are up 2% year-to-date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.6%.

E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company operates as a science and technology based company worldwide. The company's Agriculture segment offers corn hybrid, soybean, canola, sunflower, sorghum, inoculants, seed products, wheat, rice, 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, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, notable return on equity and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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