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Dow Today: Chevron (CVX) Leads The Day Higher, Pfizer (PFE) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI) closed up 47 points (+0.3%) at 14,018. During the day, 578.3 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 626.4 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,931 issues advancing vs. 1,050 declining with 138 unchanged.

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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Chevron (NYSE:CVX), which sported an 86-cent gain (+0.7%) bringing the stock to $116.50. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 6.51 points or roughly accounting for 13.9% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Chevron ended the day at 4.5 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.9 million shares.

Chevron has a market cap of $226.33 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are up 6.9% year to date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.1%.

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 8.7, 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 increase in stock price during the past year, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

Holding the Dow back today was Pfizer (NYSE:PFE), which lagged the broader Dow index with a 15-cent decline (-0.6%) bringing the stock to $26.99. Volume for Pfizer ended the day at 20.9 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 32.9 million shares.

Pfizer has a market cap of $197.91 billion and is part of the health care sector and drugs industry. Shares are up 7.2% year to date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.6%.

Pfizer Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, engages in the discovery, development, manufacture, and sale of medicines for people and animals worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Pfizer as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

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