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Dow Today: United Technologies (UTX) Leads The Day Higher, Coca-Cola (KO) Lags

Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed up 126 points (+0.9%) at 14,253. During the day, 541.2 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 626.5 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 2,228 issues advancing vs. 775 declining with 111 unchanged.

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The Dow component that led the way higher today was United Technologies (NYSE: UTX), which sported a $1.89 gain (+2.1%) bringing the stock to $91.02. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 14.3 points or roughly accounting for 11.3% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for United Technologies ended the day at 3.3 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of four million shares.

United Technologies has a market cap of $82.62 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and aerospace/defense industry. Shares are up 8.7% year to date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.4%.

United Technologies Corporation provides technology products and services to the building systems and aerospace industries worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Technologies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Holding the Dow back today was Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO), which lagged the broader Dow index with a 14-cent decline (-0.4%) bringing the stock to $38.68. Volume for Coca-Cola ended the day at 12.9 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 14.9 million shares.

Coca-Cola has a market cap of $172.47 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and food & beverage industry. Shares are up 7.1% year to date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.9%.

The Coca-Cola Company, a beverage company, engages in the manufacture, marketing, and sale of nonalcoholic beverages worldwide. The company primarily offers sparkling beverages and still beverages. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Coca-Cola as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, notable return on equity and reasonable valuation levels. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

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