Dow Today: Cisco Systems (CSCO) Leads The Day Higher, Visa (V) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed down 61.0 points (-0.4%) at 15,273. During the day, 319.4 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 364.7 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,529 issues advancing vs. 1,476 declining with 104 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Cisco Systems (Nasdaq: CSCO), which sported a 28-cent gain (+1.2%) bringing the stock to $24.43. Volume for Cisco Systems ended the day at 26.1 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 33 million shares.

Cisco Systems has a market cap of $130.15 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer hardware industry. Shares are up 23.5% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.8%.

Cisco Systems, Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells Internet protocol (IP) and other products related to the communications and information technology industry worldwide.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cisco Systems 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, attractive valuation levels and solid stock price performance. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

Holding the Dow back today was Visa (NYSE: V), which lagged the broader Dow index with a $1.78 decline (-0.9%) bringing the stock to $191.56. This single loss lowered the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 13.47 points or roughly accounting for 22.1% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Visa ended the day at 2.6 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of four million shares.

Visa has a market cap of $100.98 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are up 29.5% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 0.7%.

Visa Inc., a payments technology company, engages in the operation of retail electronic payments network worldwide. It facilitates commerce through the transfer of value and information among financial institutions, merchants, consumers, businesses, and government entities.

TheStreet Ratings rates Visa 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, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations 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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