Dow Jones (DJIA) 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 36.0 points (-0.2%) at 18,126. During the day, 240.5 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 361.6 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,296 issues advancing vs. 1,758 declining with 156 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 66-cent gain (+0.9%) bringing the stock to $71.44. Volume for E I du Pont de Nemours & Company ended the day at 3.5 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.2 million shares.

E I du Pont de Nemours & Company has a market cap of $64.05 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and chemicals industry. Shares are down 4.3% 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. 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.

Holding the Dow back today was Boeing (NYSE: BA), which lagged the broader Dow index with a 67-cent decline (-0.5%) bringing the stock to $142.33. This single loss lowered the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 5.07 points or roughly accounting for 14.1% 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 3.9 million shares.

Boeing has a market cap of $98.75 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and aerospace/defense industry. Shares are up 10% year-to-date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.5%.

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 revenue growth, notable return on equity, increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

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