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Dow Today: McDonald's Corporation (MCD) Leads The Day Higher, International Business Machines (IBM) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI) closed down 15.0 points (-0.1%) at 14,922. During the day, 467 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 525.9 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,706 issues advancing vs. 1,253 declining with 121 unchanged.

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The Dow component that led the way higher today was McDonald's Corporation (NYSE:MCD), which sported a 60-cent gain (+0.6%) bringing the stock to $96.26. Volume for McDonald's Corporation ended the day at 4.4 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 4.6 million shares.

McDonald's Corporation has a market cap of $95.13 billion and is part of the services sector and leisure industry. Shares are up 8.4% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.2%.

McDonald's Corporation franchises and operates McDonald's restaurants in the United States, Europe, the Asia/Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, Canada, and Latin America. Its restaurants offer various food items, soft drinks, coffee, and other beverages, as well as breakfast menus.

TheStreet Ratings rates McDonald's Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in stock price during the past year, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

Holding the Dow back today was International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM), which lagged the broader Dow index with a $1.12 decline (-0.6%) bringing the stock to $183.03. This single loss lowered the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 8.48 points or roughly accounting for 56.5% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for International Business Machines ended the day at 2.9 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.8 million shares.

International Business Machines has a market cap of $200.61 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are down 3.9% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.1%.

International Business Machines Corporation provides information technology (IT) products and services worldwide. The company operates in five segments: Global Technology Services, Global Business Services, Software, Systems and Technology, and Global Financing.

TheStreet Ratings rates International Business Machines as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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