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Dow Today: Boeing (BA) Leads The Day Higher, Home Depot (HD) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI) closed down 25.0 points (-0.2%) at 14,514. During the day, 1.01 billion shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 615.6 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,391 issues advancing vs. 1,602 declining with 110 unchanged.

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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Boeing (NYSE:BA), which sported a $1.81 gain (+2.1%) bringing the stock to $86.43. Volume for Boeing ended the day at eight million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.7 million shares.

Boeing has a market cap of $64.09 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and aerospace/defense industry. Shares are up 12.3% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.3%.

The Boeing Company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the design, development, manufacture, sale, and support of commercial jetliners, military aircraft, satellites, missile defense, human space flight, and launch systems and services worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Boeing as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, 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 sub par growth in net income.

Holding the Dow back today was Home Depot (NYSE:HD), which lagged the broader Dow index with a $1.19 decline (-1.7%) bringing the stock to $69.05. This single loss lowered the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 9.01 points or roughly accounting for 36% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Home Depot ended the day at 10.8 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.8 million shares.

Home Depot has a market cap of $105.8 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are up 13.6% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.2%.

The Home Depot, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a home improvement retailer. The company's stores sell building materials, and home improvement and lawn and garden products to do-it-yourself, do-it-for-me (at D-I-F-M), and professional customers. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Home Depot 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, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

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