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

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed down 1.0 points at 15,520. During the day, 444.9 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 583.6 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,517 issues advancing vs. 1,457 declining with 117 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Boeing (NYSE: BA), which sported a 92-cent gain (+0.9%) bringing the stock to $105.73. Volume for Boeing ended the day at five million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.7 million shares.

Boeing has a market cap of $79.67 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and aerospace/defense industry. Shares are up 40.1% year to date as of Monday'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 revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, 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 Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ), which lagged the broader Dow index with a $1.07 decline (-2.1%) bringing the stock to $50.42. This single loss lowered the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 8.1 points or roughly accounting for 810% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Verizon Communications ended the day at 11.5 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 11.5 million shares.

Verizon Communications has a market cap of $151.41 billion and is part of the technology sector and telecommunications industry. Shares are up 19% year to date as of Monday'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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