Dow Today: Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM) Leads The Day Higher, 3M (MMM) Lags

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed down 20.0 points (-0.2%) at 13,232. During the day, 1.16 billion 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 1,369 issues advancing vs. 1,647 declining with 83 unchanged.

The Dow component that led the way higher today was Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM), which sported a 35-cent gain (+0.4%) bringing the stock to $86.44. Volume for Exxon Mobil Corporation ended the day at 26.8 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 18.9 million shares.

Exxon Mobil Corporation has a market cap of $417.87 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are up 1.6% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.2%.

Exxon Mobil Corporation engages in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas, and manufacture of petroleum products, as well as transportation and sale of crude oil, natural gas, and petroleum products. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.2, below the average energy industry P/E ratio of 10.5 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Exxon Mobil Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

Holding the Dow back today was 3M (NYSE: MMM), which lagged the broader Dow index with a 44-cent decline (-0.5%) bringing the stock to $89.56. This single loss lowered the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 3.33 points or roughly accounting for 16.7% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for 3M ended the day at 4.7 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of four million shares.

3M has a market cap of $60.22 billion and is part of the conglomerates sector and conglomerates industry. Shares are up 10.1% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.7%.

3M Company operates as a diversified technology company worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.9, above the average conglomerates industry P/E ratio of 14.6 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates 3M 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, notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.
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