Dow Today: Home Depot (HD) Leads The Day Higher, Boeing (BA) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed up 28 points (+0.2%) at 15,498. During the day, 416.7 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 575.1 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,961 issues advancing vs. 1,032 declining with 119 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Home Depot (NYSE: HD), which sported a $1.21 gain (+1.5%) bringing the stock to $80.04. This single gain lifted the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 9.16 points or roughly accounting for 32.7% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Home Depot ended the day at 4.4 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 7.3 million shares.

Home Depot has a market cap of $116.94 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are up 27.5% year to date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.9%.

The Home Depot, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer.

TheStreet Ratings rates Home Depot as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

Holding the Dow back today was Boeing (NYSE: BA), which lagged the broader Dow index with a 57-cent decline (-0.5%) bringing the stock to $105.84. Volume for Boeing ended the day at 3.7 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.8 million shares.

Boeing has a market cap of $80.76 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and aerospace/defense industry. Shares are up 41.2% year to date as of Wednesday'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.

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