The

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) is trading up 17 points (+0.1%) at 12,186 as of Friday, Dec 23, 2011, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 21.7 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 881.6 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,722 issues advancing vs. 866 declining with 172 unchanged.

The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be

Bank of America Corporation

(NYSE:

BAC

), which is sporting a four-cent gain (+0.7%) bringing the stock to $5.51. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 0.3 points or roughly accounting for 1.8% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Bank of America Corporation currently sits at 10.4 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 266.4 million shares.

Bank of America Corporation has a market cap of $53.01 billion and is part of the

financial

sector and

banking

industry. Shares are down 59% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 0.8%.

Bank of America Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides banking and financial services to individuals, small- and middle-market businesses, corporations, and governments primarily in the United States and internationally.

TheStreet Ratings rates Bank of America Corporation as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally weak debt management, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Holding back the Dow today is

General Electric

(NYSE:

GE

), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a four-cent decline (-0.2%) bringing the stock to $18.01. Volume for General Electric currently sits at 2.3 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 68.9 million shares.

General Electric has a market cap of $186.76 billion and is part of the

industrial goods

sector and

industrial

industry. Shares are down 1.3% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.8%.

General Electric Company (GE) operates as a technology, service, and finance company worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.4, below the average industrial industry P/E ratio of 14.6 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates General Electric as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally poor debt management and weak operating cash flow.

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