Dow Today: 3M (MMM) Leads The Day Higher, McDonald's Corporation (MCD) Lags

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed up 147 points (+1%) at 15,135. During the day, 361.6 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 622.3 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,728 issues advancing vs. 1,314 declining with 78 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was 3M (NYSE: MMM), which sported a $2.09 gain (+1.9%) bringing the stock to $111.54. This single gain lifted the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 15.82 points or roughly accounting for 10.8% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for 3M ended the day at two million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 2.9 million shares.

3M has a market cap of $75.04 billion and is part of the conglomerates sector and conglomerates industry. Shares are up 17.9% year to date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.3%.

3M Company operates as a diversified technology company worldwide.

TheStreet Ratings rates 3M as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. 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 McDonald's Corporation (NYSE: MCD), which lagged the broader Dow index with a 49-cent decline (-0.5%) bringing the stock to $99.86. Volume for McDonald's Corporation ended the day at 3.9 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.1 million shares.

McDonald's Corporation has a market cap of $100.18 billion and is part of the services sector and leisure industry. Shares are up 13.8% year to date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.1%.

McDonald's Corporation franchises and operates McDonald's restaurants in the United States, Europe, the Asia/Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, Canada, and Latin America. Its restaurants offer various food items, soft drinks, coffee, and other beverages, as well as breakfast menus.

TheStreet Ratings rates McDonald's Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and increase in stock price during the past year. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

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