Dow Today: Chevron (CVX) Leads The Day Higher, E.I. Du Pont De Nemours & Company (DD) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI) is unchanged at 13,232 as of Monday, Mar 19, 2012, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 42.1 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 818.6 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 990 issues advancing vs. 1,520 declining with 213 unchanged. The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Chevron (NYSE:CVX), which is sporting a 70-cent gain (+0.6%) bringing the stock to $110.98. Volume for Chevron currently sits at 297,581 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 8.8 million shares. Chevron has a market cap of $212.53 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are up 3.4% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.9%. Chevron Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in petroleum, chemicals, mining, power generation, and energy operations worldwide. It operates in two segments, Upstream and Downstream. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.2, above the average energy industry P/E ratio of 7.9 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. TheStreet Ratings rates Chevron 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, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. * You can view the full Chevron Ratings Report. Holding back the Dow today is E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company (NYSE:DD), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 34-cent decline (-0.6%) bringing the stock to $53.04. Volume for E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company currently sits at 231,792 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.8 million shares. * See our dividend calendar or top-yielding stocks list. E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company has a market cap of $45.65 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and chemicals industry. Shares are up 17% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.1%. E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company operates as a science and technology based company worldwide. Its Agriculture segment provides hybrid corn and soybean seeds, and grains under the Pioneer brand name; and herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.6, above the average chemicals industry P/E ratio of 13.4 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. 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 revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated. * You can view the full E.I. du Pont de Nemours Ratings Report.

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