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Dow Today: Nike (NKE) Leads The Day Higher, Cisco Systems (CSCO) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI) is trading down 92.0 points (-0.6%) at 15,236 as of Thursday, Sep 26, 2013, 4:02 p.m. ET. During this time, 314.7 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 364.4 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 636 issues advancing vs. 2,074 declining with 147 unchanged.

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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Nike (NYSE:NKE), which is sporting a $1.42 gain (+2.1%) bringing the stock to $70.34. Volume for Nike currently sits at 5.4 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.6 million shares.

Nike has a market cap of $49.46 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and consumer non-durables industry. Shares are up 34.6% year to date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.2%.

NIKE, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the design, development, marketing, and sale of athletic footwear, apparel, equipment, and accessories, as well as in the provision of services to men, women, and kids worldwide.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nike as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance 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.

Holding back the Dow today is Cisco Systems (Nasdaq:CSCO), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 66-cent decline (-2.7%) bringing the stock to $23.77. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 5.0 points or roughly accounting for 5.4% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Cisco Systems currently sits at 54.2 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 32.9 million shares.

Cisco Systems has a market cap of $129.43 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer hardware industry. Shares are up 22.9% year to date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.8%.

Cisco Systems, Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells Internet protocol (IP) and other products related to the communications and information technology industry worldwide.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cisco Systems as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and solid stock price performance. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

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