Dow Jones (DJIA) Today: Travelers Companies (TRV) Leads The Day Higher, Chevron (CVX) Lags - TheStreet

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The

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) closed up 13 points at 17,827. During the day, 235.3 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 338.4 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,914 issues advancing vs. 1,167 declining with 129 unchanged.

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The Dow component that led the way higher today was

Travelers Companies

(NYSE:

TRV

), which sported a 94-cent gain (+0.9%) bringing the stock to $104.37. This single gain lifted the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 7.11 points or roughly accounting for 54.7% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Travelers Companies ended the day at 1.4 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 2.2 million shares.

Travelers Companies has a market cap of $34.4 billion and is part of the financial sector and insurance industry. Shares are up 14.2% year-to-date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.1%.

The Travelers Companies, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides various commercial and personal property, and casualty insurance products and services to businesses, government units, associations, and individuals in the United States.

TheStreet Ratings rates Travelers Companies 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 impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Holding the Dow back today was

Chevron

(NYSE:

CVX

), which lagged the broader Dow index with a $1.04 decline (-0.9%) bringing the stock to $115.11. Volume for Chevron ended the day at 6.5 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 7.2 million shares.

Chevron has a market cap of $222.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are down 7% year-to-date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.6%.

Chevron Corporation, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in petroleum, chemicals, mining, power generation, and energy operations worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Upstream and Downstream.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chevron as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, attractive valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

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