Dow Today: Travelers Companies (TRV) Leads The Day Higher, Procter & Gamble (PG) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 30 points (+0.2%) at 15,221 as of Wednesday, Sep 11, 2013, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 21.5 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 521.1 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,086 issues advancing vs. 1,420 declining with 179 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Travelers Companies (NYSE: TRV), which is sporting a $1.08 gain (+1.3%) bringing the stock to $83.62. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 8.17 points or roughly accounting for 27.2% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Travelers Companies currently sits at 181,527 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of two million shares.

Travelers Companies has a market cap of $30.7 billion and is part of the financial sector and insurance industry. Shares are up 14.9% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.4%.

The Travelers Companies, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides various commercial and personal property and casualty insurance products and services to businesses, government units, associations, and individuals primarily in the United States.

TheStreet Ratings rates Travelers Companies 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. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Holding back the Dow today is Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 50-cent decline (-0.6%) bringing the stock to $77.45. Volume for Procter & Gamble currently sits at 376,485 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 7.8 million shares.

Procter & Gamble has a market cap of $214.03 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and consumer non-durables industry. Shares are up 14.8% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.1%.

The Procter & Gamble Company, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells branded consumer packaged goods. The company operates through 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, increase in stock price during the past year and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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