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The

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) closed down 25.0 points (-0.1%) at 16,826. During the day, 288.3 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 325.9 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,839 issues advancing vs. 1,209 declining with 159 unchanged.

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The Dow component that led the way higher today was

Visa

(NYSE:

V

), which sported a $1.43 gain (+0.7%) bringing the stock to $210.71. Volume for Visa ended the day at 2.5 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.2 million shares.

Visa has a market cap of $104.35 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are down 6% year-to-date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 0.8%.

Visa Inc., a payments technology company, operates as a retail electronic payments network worldwide. The company facilitates commerce through the transfer of value and information among financial institutions, merchants, consumers, businesses, and government entities.

TheStreet Ratings rates Visa as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

Holding the Dow back today was

McDonald's

(NYSE:

MCD

), which lagged the broader Dow index with a 72-cent decline (-0.7%) bringing the stock to $100.74. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 5.45 points or roughly accounting for 21.8% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for McDonald's ended the day at 4.2 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 4.6 million shares.

McDonald's has a market cap of $100.33 billion and is part of the services sector and leisure industry. Shares are up 4.6% year-to-date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.2%.

McDonald's Corporation franchises and operates McDonald's restaurants in the United States, Europe, the Asia/Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, Canada, and Latin America. The company's restaurants offer various food items, soft drinks, coffee, and other beverages, as well as breakfast menus.

TheStreet Ratings rates McDonald's as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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