Dow Today: United Technologies (UTX) Leads The Day Higher, Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed up 128 points (+0.8%) at 15,191. During the day, 488.4 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 523.6 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,991 issues advancing vs. 1,012 declining with 101 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was United Technologies (NYSE: UTX), which sported a $1.78 gain (+1.7%) bringing the stock to $106.26. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 13.47 points or roughly accounting for 10.5% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for United Technologies ended the day at 2.8 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of three million shares.

United Technologies has a market cap of $94.71 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. Shares are up 25.9% year to date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.1%.

United Technologies Corporation provides technology products and services to the building systems and aerospace industries worldwide.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Technologies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, growth in earnings per share and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

Holding the Dow back today was Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM), which lagged the broader Dow index with a 22-cent decline (-0.3%) bringing the stock to $87.82. Volume for Exxon Mobil Corporation ended the day at 11.4 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 12.4 million shares.

Exxon Mobil Corporation has a market cap of $384.04 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are up 0.8% year to date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.9%.

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 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.

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