Dow Today: International Business Machines (IBM) Leads The Day Higher, Boeing (BA) Lags

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed up 15 points (+0.1%) at 12,922. During the day, 575.3 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 2,088 issues advancing vs. 889 declining with 119 unchanged.

The Dow component that led the way higher today was International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM), which sported an 81-cent gain (+0.4%) bringing the stock to $200.62. This single gain lifted the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 6.13 points or roughly accounting for 40.9% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for International Business Machines ended the day at 3.1 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.1 million shares.

International Business Machines has a market cap of $226.21 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer hardware industry. Shares are up 8.7% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.5%.

International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) provides information technology (IT) products and services worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.1, above the average computer hardware industry P/E ratio of 14.7 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, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. 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 Boeing (NYSE: BA), which lagged the broader Dow index with an 88-cent decline (-1.2%) bringing the stock to $73.29. Volume for Boeing ended the day at 5.5 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.3 million shares.

Boeing has a market cap of $56.01 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and aerospace/defense industry. Shares are up 1.1% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.4%.

The Boeing Company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the design, development, manufacture, sale, and support of commercial jetliners, military aircraft, satellites, missile defense, human space flight, and launch systems and services worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.8, below the average aerospace/defense industry P/E ratio of 14.9 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Boeing as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated.

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