Dow Today: Intel (INTC) Leads The Day Higher, Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed down 44.0 points (-0.3%) at 13,910. During the day, 511 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 635.6 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 989 issues advancing vs. 1,962 declining with 143 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Intel (Nasdaq: INTC), which sported a nine-cent gain (+0.4%) bringing the stock to $21.37. Volume for Intel ended the day at 33.9 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 50.9 million shares.

Intel has a market cap of $104.74 billion and is part of the technology sector and electronics industry. Shares are up 2.1% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 4.3%.

Intel Corporation designs, manufactures, and sells integrated digital technology platforms primarily in the Asia-Pacific, the Americas, Europe, and Japan. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Intel 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, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

Holding the Dow back today was Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM), which lagged the broader Dow index with a $1.09 decline (-1.2%) bringing the stock to $90.67. This single loss lowered the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 8.25 points or roughly accounting for 18.8% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Exxon Mobil Corporation ended the day at 15.3 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 13.3 million shares.

Exxon Mobil Corporation has a market cap of $415.4 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are up 5.3% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.5%.

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 9.6, 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 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 has had sub par growth in net income.

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