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

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 10 points at 18,078 as of Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 1:36 p.m. ET. During this time, 192.7 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 1,899 issues advancing vs. 1,115 declining with 134 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be 3M (NYSE: MMM), which is sporting a $1.10 gain (+0.7%) bringing the stock to $161.17. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 8.33 points or roughly accounting for 83.3% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for 3M currently sits at 1.3 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 2.3 million shares.

3M has a market cap of $101.43 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. Shares are down 2.7% year-to-date as of Tuesday'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 solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

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