The

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) closed down one points at 12,981. During the day, 703.2 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 818.6 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,497 issues advancing vs. 1,487 declining with 126 unchanged.

The Dow component that led the way higher today was

American Express

(NYSE:

AXP

), which sported an 85-cent gain (+1.6%) bringing the stock to $54.18. Volume for American Express ended the day at 6.7 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.5 million shares.

American Express has a market cap of $57.18 billion and is part of the

financial

sector and

financial services

industry. Shares are up 13.1% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.4%.

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 12.9, above the average financial services industry P/E ratio of 11.9 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 the Dow back today was

Boeing

(NYSE:

BA

), which lagged the broader Dow index with an 83-cent decline (-1.1%) bringing the stock to $75.23. This single loss lowered the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 6.28 points or roughly accounting for 628% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Boeing ended the day at 5.2 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.3 million shares.

Boeing has a market cap of $56.01 billion and is part of the

industrial goods

sector and

aerospace/defense

industry. Shares are up 3.7% year to date as of Friday'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 14.2, below the average aerospace/defense industry P/E ratio of 14.9 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, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. 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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