Dow Today: International Business Machines (IBM) Leads The Day Higher, Travelers Companies (TRV) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed up four points at 13,107. During the day, 545.1 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 565.8 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,216 issues advancing vs. 1,739 declining with 146 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM), which sported a $1.67 gain (+0.9%) bringing the stock to $193.27. This single gain lifted the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 12.64 points or roughly accounting for 316% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for International Business Machines ended the day at four million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.7 million shares.

International Business Machines has a market cap of $217.95 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer hardware industry. Shares are up 4.2% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.8%.

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 13.4, below the average computer hardware industry P/E ratio of 13.8 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 notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

Holding the Dow back today was Travelers Companies (NYSE: TRV), which lagged the broader Dow index with a 56-cent decline (-0.8%) bringing the stock to $71.56. Volume for Travelers Companies ended the day at three million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 2.3 million shares.

Travelers Companies has a market cap of $27.91 billion and is part of the financial sector and insurance industry. Shares are up 23.7% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.5%.

The Travelers Companies, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides various commercial and personal property and casualty insurance products and services to businesses, government units, associations, and individuals primarily in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.5, equal to the average insurance industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Travelers Companies 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, solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

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