Shares of DuPont de Nemours Inc. /zigman2/quotes/203606582/composite DD +1.83% rose 1.0% in premarket trading Tuesday, after the materials and ingredients company reported a first-quarter adjusted profit and sales that topped expectations, as the COVID-19 pandemic helped boost the personal protection, water filtration, electronics and probiotics and food and beverage businesses while weighing on the automotive and oil and gas businesses. The company swung to a net loss of $616 million, or 83 cents a share, from net income of $521 million, or 69 cents a share, in the year-ago period. Excluding non-recurring items, such as merger-related expenses and higher significant items and tax rate, adjusted earnings per share came to 84 cents, above the FactSet consensus of $73 cents. Sales fell 4% to $5.22 billion but beat the FactSet consensus of $5.07 billion. The company said through April, the businesses that were boosted by the COVID-19 pandemic continue to show strength while those that showed weakness continue to suffer. Among actions taken amid the pandemic, DuPont increased production of Tyvek garments, expect to cut capital expenditures by about $500 million from last year and idled production at several manufacturing sites. The stock has dropped 17.3% over the past three months through Monday while the Dow Jones Industrial Average /zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime DJIA +1.05% has declined 18.9%.