Dow Today: Boeing (BA) Leads The Day Higher, Home Depot (HD) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed up 70 points (+0.5%) at 15,615. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,354 issues advancing vs. 1,659 declining with 99 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Boeing (NYSE: BA), which sported a $2.53 gain (+1.9%) bringing the stock to $133.03. This single gain lifted the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 19.15 points or roughly accounting for 27.4% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Boeing ended the day at 4.6 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 4.1 million shares.

Boeing has a market cap of $97.45 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and aerospace/defense industry. Shares are up 73.2% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.5%.

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 Home Depot (NYSE: HD), which lagged the broader Dow index with a 90-cent decline (-1.2%) bringing the stock to $76.99. Volume for Home Depot ended the day at 7.1 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 7.4 million shares.

Home Depot has a market cap of $111.56 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are up 25.9% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2%.

The Home Depot, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer.

TheStreet Ratings rates Home Depot as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. 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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