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The

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) closed up 155 points (+0.9%) at 17,959. During the day, 685.3 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 350.2 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,823 issues advancing vs. 1,289 declining with 121 unchanged.

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The Dow component that led the way higher today was

Goldman Sachs Group

(NYSE:

GS

), which sported a $1.67 gain (+0.9%) bringing the stock to $193.28. This single gain lifted the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 12.64 points or roughly accounting for 8.2% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Goldman Sachs Group ended the day at 4.7 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of three million shares.

Goldman Sachs Group has a market cap of $80.59 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are up 4.4% year-to-date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.3%.

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. provides investment banking, securities, and investment management services to corporations, financial institutions, governments, and high-net-worth individuals worldwide.

TheStreet Ratings rates Goldman Sachs Group as a

TheStreet Recommends

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

Holding the Dow back today was

Visa

(NYSE:

V

), which lagged the broader Dow index with a $2.49 decline (-0.9%) bringing the stock to $261.67. Volume for Visa ended the day at 3.8 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of three million shares.

Visa has a market cap of $127.85 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are up 18.6% year-to-date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 0.7%.

Visa Inc., a payments technology company, operates as a retail electronic payments network worldwide. The company 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, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

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