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The

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) closed up 110 points (+0.7%) at 15,848. During the day, 376 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 364.2 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 2,335 issues advancing vs. 713 declining with 141 unchanged.

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The Dow component that led the way higher today was

Goldman Sachs Group

(NYSE:

GS

), which sported a $1.94 gain (+1.2%) bringing the stock to $165.84. This single gain lifted the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 14.68 points or roughly accounting for 13.3% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Goldman Sachs Group ended the day at 2.8 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 2.9 million shares.

Goldman Sachs Group has a market cap of $75.35 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are down 7.5% year to date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.3%.

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. provides investment banking, securities, and investment management services, as well as financial services to corporations, financial institutions, governments, and high-net-worth individuals worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Goldman Sachs Group as a

TheStreet Recommends

buy

. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid stock performance, considering both the consistency and magnitude of the price movement over time. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Holding the Dow back today was

Exxon Mobil Corporation

(NYSE:

XOM

), which lagged the broader Dow index with a $1.12 decline (-1.2%) bringing the stock to $93.99. Volume for Exxon Mobil Corporation ended the day at 14.5 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 12.3 million shares.

Exxon Mobil Corporation has a market cap of $417.85 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are down 5.5% year to date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.6%.

Exxon Mobil Corporation engages in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas, and manufacture of petroleum products. The company also transports and sells crude oil, natural gas, and petroleum products. It has approximately 37,228 gross and 31,264 net operated wells. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Exxon Mobil Corporation as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

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