The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed down 13 points (-0.1%) at 12,449. During the day, 819.5 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 827.6 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,668 issues advancing vs. 1,359 declining with 96 unchanged. The Dow component that led the way higher today was International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM), which sported a $1.01 gain (+0.6%) bringing the stock to $182.32. Volume for International Business Machines ended the day at 4.1 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.3 million shares. International Business Machines has a market cap of $215.14 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer hardware industry. Shares are down 1.2% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.7%. International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) provides information technology (IT) products and services worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.4, equal to the average computer hardware industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. TheStreet Ratings rates International Business Machines as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. 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 Chevron (NYSE: CVX), which lagged the broader Dow index with a $1.29 decline (-1.2%) bringing the stock to $107.77. This single loss lowered the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 9.76 points or roughly accounting for 75.1% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Chevron ended the day at 7.5 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 9.2 million shares.
Chevron has a market cap of $218.05 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are up 2.5% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3%. Chevron Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in petroleum, chemicals, mining, power generation, and energy operations worldwide. It operates in two segments, Upstream and Downstream. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.1, equal to the average energy industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. TheStreet Ratings rates Chevron 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 largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.