Dow Today: McDonald's Corporation (MCD) Leads The Day Higher, Chevron (CVX) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed up five points at 13,107. During the day, 415.6 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 612.1 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,778 issues advancing vs. 1,158 declining with 154 unchanged.

The Dow component that led the way higher today was McDonald's Corporation (NYSE: MCD), which sported a 51-cent gain (+0.6%) bringing the stock to $89.65. This single gain lifted the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 3.86 points or roughly accounting for 77.2% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for McDonald's Corporation ended the day at 4.2 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.1 million shares.

McDonald's Corporation has a market cap of $90.29 billion and is part of the services sector and leisure industry. Shares are down 11.2% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.1%.

McDonald's Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, franchises and operates McDonald's restaurants primarily in the United States, Europe, the Asia Pacific, the Middle East, and Africa. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.8, equal to the average leisure industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates McDonald's Corporation 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 and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

Holding the Dow back today was Chevron (NYSE: CVX), which lagged the broader Dow index with a 55-cent decline (-0.5%) bringing the stock to $111.80. Volume for Chevron ended the day at 3.2 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.3 million shares.

Chevron has a market cap of $219.23 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are up 5.6% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.2%.

Chevron Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in petroleum, chemicals, mining, power generation, and energy operations worldwide. It operates in two segments, Upstream and Downstream. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.3, equal to the average energy industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chevron as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels, notable return on equity 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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