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Dow Today: Home Depot (HD) Leads The Day Higher, Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed up 48 points (+0.3%) at 14,613. During the day, 478.9 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 603.7 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 2,067 issues advancing vs. 933 declining with 122 unchanged.

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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Home Depot (NYSE: HD), which sported a $1.16 gain (+1.7%) bringing the stock to $71.22. This single gain lifted the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 8.78 points or roughly accounting for 18.3% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Home Depot ended the day at six million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.7 million shares.

Home Depot has a market cap of $105.01 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are up 13.3% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.2%.

The Home Depot, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.6, 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 impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value.

Holding the Dow back today was Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM), which lagged the broader Dow index with a 41-cent decline (-0.5%) bringing the stock to $88.60. Volume for Exxon Mobil Corporation ended the day at 10.9 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 12.6 million shares.

Exxon Mobil Corporation has a market cap of $402.21 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are up 2.8% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.5%.

Exxon Mobil Corporation engages in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas, and manufacture of petroleum products. The company also transports and sells crude oil, natural gas, and petroleum products. It has approximately 37,228 gross and 31,264 net operated wells. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Exxon Mobil Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

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