Dow Today: Intel (INTC) Leads The Day Higher, Goldman Sachs Group (GS) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed down 2.0 points at 15,371. During the day, 290.8 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 2,535 issues advancing vs. 500 declining with 67 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Intel (Nasdaq: INTC), which sported a two-cent gain to $22.83. Volume for Intel ended the day at 21.1 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 36.6 million shares.

Intel has a market cap of $118.1 billion and is part of the technology sector and electronics industry. Shares are up 15% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.8%.

Intel Corporation designs, manufactures, and sells integrated digital technology platforms worldwide. The company operates through PC Client Group, Data Center Group, Other Intel Architecture, Software and Services, and All Other segments.

TheStreet Ratings rates Intel as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels, increase in stock price during the past year, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

Holding the Dow back today was Goldman Sachs Group (NYSE: GS), which lagged the broader Dow index with a $2.30 decline (-1.5%) bringing the stock to $154.25. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 17.41 points or roughly accounting for 870.5% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Goldman Sachs Group ended the day at 2.6 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.1 million shares.

Goldman Sachs Group has a market cap of $73.19 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are up 27.8% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.2%.

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. provides investment banking, securities, and investment management services, as well as financial services to corporations, financial institutions, governments, and high-net-worth individuals worldwide.

TheStreet Ratings rates Goldman Sachs Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and attractive valuation levels. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

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