Dow Today: General Electric (GE) Leads The Day Higher, McDonald's Corporation (MCD) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 12.0 points at 14,006 as of Wednesday, Feb 13, 2013, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 36.7 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 619.6 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,669 issues advancing vs. 767 declining with 183 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be General Electric (NYSE: GE), which is sporting a 64-cent gain (+2.8%) bringing the stock to $23.22. Volume for General Electric currently sits at 9.1 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 41.8 million shares.

General Electric has a market cap of $235.42 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. Shares are up 7% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.4%.

General Electric Company operates as a technology and financial services company worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates General Electric as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

Holding back the Dow today is McDonald's Corporation (NYSE: MCD), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 98-cent decline (-1%) bringing the stock to $94.12. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 7.42 points or roughly accounting for 61.8% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for McDonald's Corporation currently sits at 530,415 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.4 million shares.

McDonald's Corporation has a market cap of $95.55 billion and is part of the services sector and leisure industry. Shares are up 7.9% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.2%.

McDonald's Corporation franchises and operates McDonald's restaurants in the global restaurant industry. Its restaurants offer various food items, soft drinks, coffee, and other beverages. The company operates approximately 34,000 restaurants in 120 countries around the world. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.8, equal to 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, increase in net income, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

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