Dow Today: Travelers Companies (TRV) Leads The Day Higher, Verizon Communications (VZ) Lags

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed up four points at 15,464. During the day, 526.1 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 609.7 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,505 issues advancing vs. 1,482 declining with 122 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Travelers Companies (NYSE: TRV), which sported a $1.48 gain (+1.8%) bringing the stock to $84.18. This single gain lifted the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 11.2 points or roughly accounting for 280% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Travelers Companies ended the day at 2.1 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 2.1 million shares.

Travelers Companies has a market cap of $30.7 billion and is part of the financial sector and insurance industry. Shares are up 13.6% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.5%.

The Travelers Companies, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides various commercial and personal property and casualty insurance products and services to businesses, government units, associations, and individuals primarily in the United States.

TheStreet Ratings rates Travelers Companies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. 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 Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ), which lagged the broader Dow index with an 80-cent decline (-1.6%) bringing the stock to $50.41. Volume for Verizon Communications ended the day at 12.7 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 12.5 million shares.

Verizon Communications has a market cap of $149.98 billion and is part of the technology sector and telecommunications industry. Shares are up 16.8% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 4.1%.

Verizon Communications Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides communications, information and entertainment products and services to consumers, businesses, and governmental agencies worldwide.

TheStreet Ratings rates Verizon Communications as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. 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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