Dow Today: International Business Machines (IBM) Leads The Day Higher, American Express (AXP) Lags

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed up 155 points (+1.2%) at 12,651. During the day, 646.1 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 712 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 2,144 issues advancing vs. 900 declining with 94 unchanged.

The Dow component that led the way higher today was International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM), which sported a $2 gain (+1%) bringing the stock to $195.10. This single gain lifted the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 15.14 points or roughly accounting for 9.8% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for International Business Machines ended the day at 3.5 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.9 million shares.

International Business Machines has a market cap of $224.41 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer hardware industry. Shares are up 2.9% year to date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.7%.

International Business Machines Corporation provides information technology (IT) products and services worldwide. The company operates in five segments: Global Technology Services, Global Business Services, Software, Systems and Technology, and Global Financing. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.6, 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 good cash flow from operations. 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 American Express (NYSE: AXP), which lagged the broader Dow index with a five-cent decline to $55.05. Volume for American Express ended the day at 6.5 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.1 million shares.

American Express has a market cap of $65 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are up 14.4% year to date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.4%.

American Express Company provides charge and credit payment card products, and travel-related services to worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.5, equal to the average financial services industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Express as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. 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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