Dow Today: Goldman Sachs Group (GS) Leads The Day Higher, Home Depot (HD) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed up 168 points (+1.1%) at 15,761. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,745 issues advancing vs. 1,290 declining with 74 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Goldman Sachs Group (NYSE: GS), which sported a $3.52 gain (+2.2%) bringing the stock to $163.16. This single gain lifted the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 26.64 points or roughly accounting for 15.9% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Goldman Sachs Group ended the day at 3.6 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.2 million shares.

Goldman Sachs Group has a market cap of $73.44 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are up 28.2% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.3%.

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 Home Depot (NYSE: HD), which lagged the broader Dow index with a 21-cent decline (-0.3%) bringing the stock to $75.48. Volume for Home Depot ended the day at 9.2 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 7.5 million shares.

Home Depot has a market cap of $109.47 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are up 23.6% 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, solid stock price performance and good cash flow from operations. 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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