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Dow Today: Bank Of America Corporation (BAC) Leads The Day Higher, Procter & Gamble (PG) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up two points at 15,326 as of Friday, May 31, 2013, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 29.9 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 590.9 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 534 issues advancing vs. 1,997 declining with 133 unchanged.

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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Bank of America Corporation (NYSE: BAC), which is sporting a 12-cent gain (+0.9%) bringing the stock to $13.95. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 0.91 points or roughly accounting for 45.5% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Bank of America Corporation currently sits at 11.4 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 140.1 million shares.

Bank of America Corporation has a market cap of $145.32 billion and is part of the financial sector and banking industry. Shares are up 19.1% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 0.3%.

Bank of America Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides various banking and financial products and services for individual consumers, small and middle market businesses, institutional investors, corporations, and governments in the United States and internationally. The company has a P/E ratio of 40.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Bank of America Corporation as a hold. 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 and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has favored debt over equity in the management of its balance sheet.

Holding back the Dow today is Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 79-cent decline (-1%) bringing the stock to $78.30. Volume for Procter & Gamble currently sits at 298,487 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 9.2 million shares.

Procter & Gamble has a market cap of $216.25 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and consumer non-durables industry. Shares are up 16.5% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3%.

The Procter & Gamble Company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of a range of branded consumer packaged goods. The company operates in five segments: Beauty, Grooming, Health Care, Fabric Care and Home Care, and Baby Care and Family Care. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Procter & Gamble as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. 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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