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Dow Today: McDonald's Corporation (MCD) Leads The Day Higher, International Business Machines (IBM) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed down 7.0 points at 12,788. During the day, 698.4 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 606.1 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,678 issues advancing vs. 1,331 declining with 119 unchanged.

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The Dow component that led the way higher today was McDonald's Corporation (NYSE: MCD), which sported a 64-cent gain (+0.8%) bringing the stock to $85.68. Volume for McDonald's Corporation ended the day at 5.8 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.9 million shares.

McDonald's Corporation has a market cap of $84.45 billion and is part of the services sector and leisure industry. Shares are down 15.2% year to date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.7%.

McDonald's Corporation franchises and operates McDonald's restaurants in the global restaurant industry. Its restaurants offer various food items, soft drinks, coffee, and other beverages. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates McDonald's Corporation 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, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

Holding the Dow back today was International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM), which lagged the broader Dow index with a $1.15 decline (-0.6%) bringing the stock to $189.20. This single loss lowered the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 8.7 points or roughly accounting for 124.3% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for International Business Machines ended the day at 3.1 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of four million shares.

International Business Machines has a market cap of $211.23 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer hardware industry. Shares are up 3.5% year to date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.8%.

International Business Machines Corporation provides information technology (IT) products and services worldwide. The company operates in five segments: Global Technology Services, Global Business Services, Software, Systems and Technology, and Global Financing. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates International Business Machines as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

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