Dow Today: Goldman Sachs Group (GS) Leads The Day Higher, Visa (V) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed up 24 points (+0.2%) at 15,639. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 2,017 issues advancing vs. 968 declining with 119 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Goldman Sachs Group (NYSE: GS), which sported a $1.10 gain (+0.7%) bringing the stock to $163.15. This single gain lifted the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 8.33 points or roughly accounting for 34.7% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Goldman Sachs Group ended the day at 1.6 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.2 million shares.

Goldman Sachs Group has a market cap of $72.24 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are up 26.1% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.4%.

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 solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels, growth in earnings per share, notable return on equity and increase 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.

Holding the Dow back today was Visa (NYSE: V), which lagged the broader Dow index with a $2.74 decline (-1.4%) bringing the stock to $196.42. Volume for Visa ended the day at 2.8 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.3 million shares.

Visa has a market cap of $101.2 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are up 29.7% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 0.8%.

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 notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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