Dow Today: Boeing (BA) Leads The Day Higher, Verizon Communications (VZ) Lags

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 3.0 points at 15,461 as of Monday, Jul 15, 2013, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 27.6 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 608.3 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,673 issues advancing vs. 870 declining with 168 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Boeing (NYSE: BA), which is sporting a $2.43 gain (+2.4%) bringing the stock to $104.30. Volume for Boeing currently sits at 1.4 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 4.9 million shares.

Boeing has a market cap of $81.09 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and aerospace/defense industry. Shares are up 41.8% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.8%.

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 back the Dow today is Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 97-cent decline (-1.9%) bringing the stock to $49.44. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 7.34 points or roughly accounting for 244.7% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Verizon Communications currently sits at 879,183 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 12.4 million shares.

Verizon Communications has a market cap of $151.97 billion and is part of the technology sector and telecommunications industry. Shares are up 18.3% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 4%.

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 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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