Dow Today: Boeing (BA) Leads The Day Higher, American Express (AXP) Lags

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed down 9.0 points at 15,291. During the day, 463.2 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 614.1 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,589 issues advancing vs. 1,392 declining with 129 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Boeing (NYSE: BA), which sported an 82-cent gain (+0.8%) bringing the stock to $105.50. Volume for Boeing ended the day at 3.8 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of five million shares.

Boeing has a market cap of $79.18 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and aerospace/defense industry. Shares are up 38.9% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.9%.

The Boeing Company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the design, development, manufacture, sale, and support of commercial jetliners, military aircraft, satellites, missile defense, human space flight, and launch systems and services worldwide.

TheStreet Ratings rates Boeing 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 and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Holding the Dow back today was American Express (NYSE: AXP), which lagged the broader Dow index with a $1.28 decline (-1.6%) bringing the stock to $76.33. This single loss lowered the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 9.69 points or roughly accounting for 107.7% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for American Express ended the day at 4.7 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.7 million shares.

American Express has a market cap of $84.64 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are up 34% year to date as of Tuesday'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.

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

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