Dow Today: Procter & Gamble (PG) Leads The Day Higher, American Express (AXP) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed up three points at 14,455. During the day, 663.5 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 621.3 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,268 issues advancing vs. 1,724 declining with 121 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG), which sported a 95-cent gain (+1.3%) bringing the stock to $77.11. This single gain lifted the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 7.19 points or roughly accounting for 239.7% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Procter & Gamble ended the day at 9.1 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 9.8 million shares.

Procter & Gamble has a market cap of $208.53 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and consumer non-durables industry. Shares are up 12.2% year to date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.9%.

The Procter & Gamble Company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of a range of branded consumer packaged goods. The company operates in five segments: Beauty, Grooming, Health Care, Fabric Care and Home Care, and Baby Care and Family Care. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Procter & Gamble as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and compelling growth in net income. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

Holding the Dow back today was American Express (NYSE: AXP), which lagged the broader Dow index with a 65-cent decline (-1%) bringing the stock to $65.13. Volume for American Express ended the day at 4.5 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.7 million shares.

American Express has a market cap of $72.83 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are up 14.4% year to date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.2%.

American Express Company provides charge and credit payment card products and travel-related services to customers worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 17, 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 revenue growth, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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