Dow Today: Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM) Leads The Day Higher, Procter & Gamble (PG) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed up 21 points (+0.1%) at 14,839. During the day, 570.5 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 603.8 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,993 issues advancing vs. 991 declining with 128 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM), which sported a 78-cent gain (+0.9%) bringing the stock to $88.99. This single gain lifted the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 5.9 points or roughly accounting for 28.1% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Exxon Mobil Corporation ended the day at 14.1 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 13.2 million shares.

Exxon Mobil Corporation has a market cap of $393.72 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are up 1.7% year to date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.9%.

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 nine, 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 largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels, increase in net income and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

Holding the Dow back today was Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG), which lagged the broader Dow index with a 91-cent decline (-1.2%) bringing the stock to $76.77. Volume for Procter & Gamble ended the day at 9.2 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 9.8 million shares.

Procter & Gamble has a market cap of $209.19 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and consumer non-durables industry. Shares are up 13.6% year to date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.1%.

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 19.3, 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, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

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