Dow Today: Chevron (CVX) Leads The Day Higher, Walt Disney (DIS) Lags

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed up 20 points (+0.1%) at 15,484. During the day, 421.1 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 closed at 1,886 issues advancing vs. 1,133 declining with 101 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Chevron (NYSE: CVX), which sported a 62-cent gain (+0.5%) bringing the stock to $124.68. This single gain lifted the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 4.69 points or roughly accounting for 23.5% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Chevron ended the day at four million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.4 million shares.

Chevron has a market cap of $239.93 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are up 14.5% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.2%.

Chevron Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in petroleum, chemicals, mining, power generation, and energy operations worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Upstream and Downstream.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chevron 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, attractive valuation levels and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Holding the Dow back today was Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS), which lagged the broader Dow index with a $1.05 decline (-1.6%) bringing the stock to $65.93. Volume for Walt Disney ended the day at 6.4 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 8.2 million shares.

Walt Disney has a market cap of $119.91 billion and is part of the services sector and media industry. Shares are up 33.7% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.1%.

The Walt Disney Company operates as an entertainment company worldwide. Its Media Networks segment engages in broadcast television network, television production and distribution, television stations, broadcast radio networks and stations, and publishing and digital operations.

TheStreet Ratings rates Walt Disney as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

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