Dow Jones (DJIA) Today: E I Du Pont De Nemours & Company (DD) Higher

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 156 points (+0.9%) at 18,216 as of Thursday, May 14, 2015, 11:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 114.6 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 365.3 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,244 issues advancing vs. 751 declining with 120 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be E I du Pont de Nemours & Company (NYSE: DD), which is sporting a $1.03 gain (+1.5%) bringing the stock to $70.36. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 7.8 points or roughly accounting for 5% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for E I du Pont de Nemours & Company currently sits at 7.5 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 $67.76 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and chemicals industry. Shares are up 1.2% year-to-date as of Wednesday'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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