Dow Today: American Express (AXP) Leads The Day Higher, Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 22 points (+0.1%) at 16,094 as of Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 12.6 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 378.7 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,403 issues advancing vs. 1,282 declining with 166 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be American Express (NYSE: AXP), which is sporting a 66-cent gain (+0.8%) bringing the stock to $85.25. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 5.0 points or roughly accounting for 22.7% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for American Express currently sits at 255,176 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.8 million shares.

American Express has a market cap of $89.83 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are up 45.9% year to date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.1%.

American Express Company provides charge and credit payment card products and travel-related services to customers worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Express as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, increase in net income, growth in earnings per share and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

Holding back the Dow today is Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 63-cent decline (-0.7%) bringing the stock to $94.46. Volume for Exxon Mobil Corporation currently sits at 559,146 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 12.6 million shares.

Exxon Mobil Corporation has a market cap of $415.05 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are up 9.8% year to date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.6%.

Exxon Mobil Corporation engages in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas, and manufacture of petroleum products. The company also transports and sells crude oil, natural gas, and petroleum products. It has approximately 37,228 gross and 31,264 net operated wells. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Exxon Mobil Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

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