Dow Today: Procter & Gamble (PG) Higher

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 28 points (+0.2%) at 13,009 as of Tuesday, Feb 28, 2012, 12:35 p.m. ET. During this time, 328.7 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 sits at 1,600 issues advancing vs. 1,325 declining with 130 unchanged.

The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG), which is sporting a 43-cent gain (+0.6%) bringing the stock to $67.13. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 3.25 points or roughly accounting for 11.6% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Procter & Gamble currently sits at six million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 10.3 million shares.

Procter & Gamble has a market cap of $177.46 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and consumer non-durables industry. Shares are down 0% year to date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.1%.

The Procter & Gamble Company provides consumer packaged goods in the United States and internationally. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.6, above the average consumer non-durables industry P/E ratio of 16.4 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Procter & Gamble as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins, reasonable valuation levels 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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