Dow Today: Bank Of America Corporation (BAC) Leads The Day Higher, Walt Disney (DIS) Lags

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 20 points (+0.2%) at 13,197 as of Wednesday, Mar 14, 2012, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 69.8 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 1,076 issues advancing vs. 1,589 declining with 174 unchanged.

The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Bank of America Corporation (NYSE: BAC), which is sporting a 25-cent gain (+2.9%) bringing the stock to $8.74. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 1.89 points or roughly accounting for 9.4% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Bank of America Corporation currently sits at 47.3 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 271.9 million shares.

Bank of America Corporation has a market cap of $73.89 billion and is part of the financial sector and banking industry. Shares are up 52.7% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 0.5%.

Bank of America Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides various banking and financial products and services to individual consumers, small-and middle-market businesses, institutional investors, corporations, and governments in the United States and internationally. The company has a P/E ratio of 25, below the average banking industry P/E ratio of 729 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Bank of America Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally poor debt management and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

Holding back the Dow today is Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 48-cent decline (-1.1%) bringing the stock to $43.53. Volume for Walt Disney currently sits at 609,500 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 11.5 million shares.

Walt Disney has a market cap of $70.25 billion and is part of the services sector and media industry. Shares are up 12.9% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.4%.

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an entertainment company worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 16, above the average media industry P/E ratio of 15.6 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Walt Disney as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.
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