Dow Today: Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM) Leads The Day Higher, Cisco Systems (CSCO) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 17.0 points (-0.1%) at 14,979 as of Friday, Oct 4, 2013, 9:30 a.m. ET. During this time, six million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 364.4 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,216 issues advancing vs. 1,371 declining with 201 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM), which is sporting a 66-cent gain (+0.8%) bringing the stock to $86.16. Volume for Exxon Mobil Corporation currently sits at 198,702 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 11.6 million shares.

Exxon Mobil Corporation has a market cap of $384.53 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are up 0.9% year to date as of Thursday'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 and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Holding back the Dow today is Cisco Systems (Nasdaq: CSCO), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 12-cent decline (-0.5%) bringing the stock to $22.88. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 0.91 points or roughly accounting for 5.4% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Cisco Systems currently sits at 921,989 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 32.9 million shares.

Cisco Systems has a market cap of $129.43 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer hardware industry. Shares are up 22.9% year to date as of Thursday'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.

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