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Dow Today: Nike (NKE) Leads The Day Higher, Procter & Gamble (PG) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI) is trading up 36 points (+0.2%) at 16,030 as of Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 15.8 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 379 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,873 issues advancing vs. 887 declining with 168 unchanged.

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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Nike (NYSE:NKE), which is sporting a 67-cent gain (+0.9%) bringing the stock to $74.65. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 5.07 points or roughly accounting for 14.1% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Nike currently sits at 128,343 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.7 million shares.

Nike has a market cap of $51.42 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and consumer non-durables industry. Shares are down 5.9% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.3%.

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 compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

Holding back the Dow today is Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a $1.04 decline (-1.3%) bringing the stock to $77.80. Volume for Procter & Gamble currently sits at 860,546 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of nine million shares.

Procter & Gamble has a market cap of $211.57 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and consumer non-durables industry. Shares are down 3.2% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.1%.

The Procter & Gamble Company, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells branded consumer packaged goods. The company operates through five segments: Beauty, Grooming, Health Care, Fabric Care and Home Care, and Baby Care and Family Care.

TheStreet Ratings rates Procter & Gamble 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 and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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