Dow Today: Boeing (BA) Leads The Day Higher, Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed up 76 points (+0.5%) at 15,072. During the day, 282.9 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 closed at 1,984 issues advancing vs. 998 declining with 111 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Boeing (NYSE: BA), which sported a $2.01 gain (+1.7%) bringing the stock to $117.25. This single gain lifted the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 15.21 points or roughly accounting for 20% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Boeing ended the day at 3.6 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.1 million shares.

Boeing has a market cap of $89.78 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and aerospace/defense industry. Shares are up 57.9% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.6%.

The Boeing Company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the design, development, manufacture, sale, and support of commercial jetliners, military aircraft, satellites, missile defense, human space flight, and launch systems and services worldwide.

TheStreet Ratings rates Boeing as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Holding the Dow back today was Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE: WMT), which lagged the broader Dow index with a 36-cent decline (-0.5%) bringing the stock to $72.80. Volume for Wal-Mart Stores ended the day at 5.5 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.7 million shares.

Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $246.6 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are up 11% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.5%.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates retail stores in various formats worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Walmart U.S., Walmart International, and Sam's Club.

TheStreet Ratings rates Wal-Mart Stores as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

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