Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link. The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed up seven points at 17,817. During the day, 329.1 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 327.9 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,915 issues advancing vs. 1,148 declining with 165 unchanged.

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The Dow component that led the way higher today was

Boeing

(NYSE:

BA

), which sported a $1.83 gain (+1.4%) bringing the stock to $134.61. This single gain lifted the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 13.85 points or roughly accounting for 197.9% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Boeing ended the day at four million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of four million shares. Boeing has a market cap of $93.89 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and aerospace/defense industry. Shares are down 2.7% year-to-date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.2%. The Boeing Company, together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, manufactures, sells, services, and supports 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Holding the Dow back today was

Exxon Mobil Corporation

(NYSE:

XOM

), which lagged the broader Dow index with a $1.09 decline (-1.1%) bringing the stock to $95.72. Volume for Exxon Mobil Corporation ended the day at 9.8 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 12.1 million shares. Exxon Mobil Corporation has a market cap of $405.75 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are down 4.3% year-to-date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.9%. Exxon Mobil Corporation explores and produces for crude oil and natural gas. As of December 31, 2013, the company had approximately 37,661 gross and 31,823 net operated wells. TheStreet Ratings rates Exxon Mobil Corporation as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

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