Dow Today: Procter & Gamble (PG) Leads The Day Higher, Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 125 points (+0.8%) at 15,624 as of Thursday, Aug 1, 2013, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 27.2 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 584.9 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,095 issues advancing vs. 454 declining with 89 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG), which is sporting a $1.70 gain (+2.1%) bringing the stock to $82. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 12.87 points or roughly accounting for 10.3% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Procter & Gamble currently sits at 1.5 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 9.2 million shares.

Procter & Gamble has a market cap of $220.47 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and consumer non-durables industry. Shares are up 18.3% year to date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3%.

The Procter & Gamble Company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of a range of branded consumer packaged goods. The company operates in five segments: Beauty, Grooming, Health Care, Fabric Care and Home Care, and Baby Care and Family Care.

TheStreet Ratings rates Procter & Gamble as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

Holding back the Dow today is Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a $1.22 decline (-1.3%) bringing the stock to $92.54. Volume for Exxon Mobil Corporation currently sits at 1.5 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 12.6 million shares.

Exxon Mobil Corporation has a market cap of $419.38 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are up 8.3% year to date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.7%.

Exxon Mobil Corporation engages in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas, and manufacture of petroleum products. The company also transports and sells crude oil, natural gas, and petroleum products. It has approximately 37,228 gross and 31,264 net operated wells.

TheStreet Ratings rates Exxon Mobil Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, increase in stock price during the past year and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

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