The

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) closed down 74 points (-0.6%) at 12,660. During the day, 662 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 1,924 issues advancing vs. 1,043 declining with 119 unchanged.

The Dow component that led the way higher today was

United Technologies

(NYSE:

UTX

), which sported a 21-cent gain (+0.3%) bringing the stock to $77.62. Volume for United Technologies ended the day at four million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 4.4 million shares.

United Technologies has a market cap of $70.48 billion and is part of the

conglomerates

sector and

conglomerates

industry. Shares are up 5.9% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.5%.

United Technologies Corporation provides technology products and services to the building systems and aerospace industries worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.1, below the average conglomerates industry P/E ratio of 14.6 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Technologies as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Holding the Dow back today was

Exxon Mobil Corporation

(NYSE:

XOM

), which lagged the broader Dow index with a 94-cent decline (-1.1%) bringing the stock to $85.83. This single loss lowered the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 7.11 points or roughly accounting for 9.6% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Exxon Mobil Corporation ended the day at 15.7 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 18.9 million shares.

Exxon Mobil Corporation has a market cap of $417.87 billion and is part of the

basic materials

sector and

energy

industry. Shares are up 2.4% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.2%.

Exxon Mobil Corporation engages in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas, and manufacture of petroleum products, as well as transportation and sale of crude oil, natural gas, and petroleum products. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.5, equal to the average energy industry P/E ratio and 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 solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, robust revenue growth and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

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