The

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) is trading down 81 points (-0.6%) at 12,594 as of Wednesday, Jan 25, 2012, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 35.8 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 820.7 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 781 issues advancing vs. 1,830 declining with 161 unchanged.

The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be

American Express

(NYSE:

AXP

), which is sporting a 28-cent gain (+0.6%) bringing the stock to $49.51. Volume for American Express currently sits at 175,116 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.5 million shares.

American Express has a market cap of $57.42 billion and is part of the

financial

sector and

financial services

industry. Shares are up 4.4% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.5%.

American Express Company, together with its subsidiaries, provides charge and credit payment card products, and travel-related services worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.1, equal to the average financial services industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Express as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated.

Holding back the Dow today is

Boeing

(NYSE:

BA

), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a $1.35 decline (-1.8%) bringing the stock to $74.01. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 10.22 points or roughly accounting for 12.6% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Boeing currently sits at 965,675 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.3 million shares.

Boeing has a market cap of $56.12 billion and is part of the

industrial goods

sector and

aerospace/defense

industry. Shares are up 2.7% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.3%.

The Boeing Company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the design, development, manufacture, sale, and support of commercial jetliners, military aircraft, satellites, missile defense, human space flight, and launch systems and services worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.9, equal to the average aerospace/defense industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Boeing as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated.

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