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Dow Today: Visa (V) Leads The Day Higher, Boeing (BA) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed up 22 points (+0.1%) at 15,783. During the day, 223.1 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 376.4 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,554 issues advancing vs. 1,430 declining with 123 unchanged.

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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Visa (NYSE: V), which sported a 98-cent gain (+0.5%) bringing the stock to $199.27. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 7.42 points or roughly accounting for 33.7% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Visa ended the day at 2.1 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.3 million shares.

Visa has a market cap of $100.91 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are up 29.4% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 0.8%.

Visa Inc., a payments technology company, engages in the operation of retail electronic payments network worldwide. It facilitates commerce through the transfer of value and information among financial institutions, merchants, consumers, businesses, and government entities.

TheStreet Ratings rates Visa 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, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Holding the Dow back today was Boeing (NYSE: BA), which lagged the broader Dow index with a 97-cent decline (-0.7%) bringing the stock to $132.52. Volume for Boeing ended the day at 2.7 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 4.2 million shares.

Boeing has a market cap of $98.82 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and aerospace/defense industry. Shares are up 74.5% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.5%.

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.

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, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

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