Dow Today: Pfizer (PFE) Leads The Day Higher, Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 66 points (+0.4%) at 14,739 as of Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 24.7 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 599.3 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,872 issues advancing vs. 552 declining with 179 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Pfizer (NYSE: PFE), which is sporting a 46-cent gain (+1.6%) bringing the stock to $29.57. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 3.48 points or roughly accounting for 5.3% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Pfizer currently sits at 2.8 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 31.7 million shares.

Pfizer has a market cap of $209.53 billion and is part of the health care sector and drugs industry. Shares are up 16.1% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.3%.

Pfizer Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, discovers, develops, manufactures, and sells medicines for people and animals worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Pfizer as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

Holding back the Dow today is Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 54-cent decline (-0.6%) bringing the stock to $88.23. Volume for Exxon Mobil Corporation currently sits at 682,650 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 12.6 million shares.

Exxon Mobil Corporation has a market cap of $396.97 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are up 2.6% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.6%.

Exxon Mobil Corporation engages in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas, and manufacture of petroleum products. The company also transports and sells crude oil, natural gas, and petroleum products. It has approximately 37,228 gross and 31,264 net operated wells. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.1, 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 increase in net income, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

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