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The

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) is trading up 96 points (+0.6%) at 17,070 as of Thursday, Oct 30, 2014, 9:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 13.9 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 323.9 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,134 issues advancing vs. 1,548 declining with 254 unchanged.

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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be

Visa

(NYSE:

V

), which is sporting a $17.95 gain (+8.4%) bringing the stock to $232.61. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 135.85 points or roughly accounting for 141.5% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Visa currently sits at 1.6 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 2.5 million shares.

Visa has a market cap of $107.23 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are down 3.6% year-to-date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 0.9%.

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, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

Holding back the Dow today is

Intel

(Nasdaq:

INTC

), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 44-cent decline (-1.3%) bringing the stock to $33.48. Volume for Intel currently sits at two million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 30.8 million shares.

Intel has a market cap of $167.05 billion and is part of the technology sector and electronics industry. Shares are up 30.7% year-to-date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.7%.

Intel Corporation designs, manufactures, and sells integrated digital technology platforms worldwide. It operates through PC Client Group, Data Center Group, Other Intel Architecture, Software and Services, and All Other segments.

TheStreet Ratings rates Intel 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, reasonable valuation levels and solid stock price performance. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

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