Dow Today: Visa (V) Leads The Day Higher, Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed up 71 points (+0.5%) at 15,821. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 2,061 issues advancing vs. 948 declining with 106 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Visa (NYSE: V), which sported a $1.91 gain (+1%) bringing the stock to $199.78. This single gain lifted the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 14.46 points or roughly accounting for 20.4% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Visa ended the day at two million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.2 million shares.

Visa has a market cap of $102.54 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are up 30.8% year to date as of Tuesday'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. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

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.

Holding the Dow back today was Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ), which lagged the broader Dow index with a 21-cent decline (-0.2%) bringing the stock to $93.35. Volume for Johnson & Johnson ended the day at 7.4 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 7.6 million shares.

Johnson & Johnson has a market cap of $266.03 billion and is part of the health care sector and drugs industry. Shares are up 34.5% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.8%.

Johnson & Johnson, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the research and development, manufacture, and sale of various products in the health care field worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Consumer, Pharmaceutical, and Medical Devices and Diagnostics. The company has a P/E ratio of 21, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Johnson & Johnson 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, solid stock price performance, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

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