Dow Today: Intel (INTC) Leads The Day Higher, Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 54 points (+0.4%) at 15,064 as of Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013, 1:05 p.m. ET. During this time, 251.2 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 559.1 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,382 issues advancing vs. 622 declining with 88 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Intel (Nasdaq: INTC), which is sporting a 32-cent gain (+1.5%) bringing the stock to $22.60. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 2.42 points or roughly accounting for 4.5% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Intel currently sits at 17.3 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 40.7 million shares.

Intel has a market cap of $109.18 billion and is part of the technology sector and electronics industry. Shares are up 6.3% year to date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 4.1%.

Intel Corporation designs, manufactures, and sells integrated digital technology platforms worldwide. The company operates through PC Client Group, Data Center Group, Other Intel Architecture, Software and Services, and All Other segments.

TheStreet Ratings rates Intel 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, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

Holding back the Dow today is Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 46-cent decline (-0.5%) bringing the stock to $89.99. Volume for Johnson & Johnson currently sits at 4.1 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 10.1 million shares.

Johnson & Johnson has a market cap of $251.85 billion and is part of the health care sector and drugs industry. Shares are up 27.5% year to date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3%.

Johnson & Johnson, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the research and development, manufacture, and sale of various products in the health care field worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Consumer, Pharmaceutical, and Medical Devices and Diagnostics.

TheStreet Ratings rates Johnson & Johnson as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth 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.

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