Dow Today: Goldman Sachs Group (GS) Leads The Day Higher, Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed up 25 points (+0.2%) at 16,097. During the day, 255.3 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 381.3 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,880 issues advancing vs. 1,123 declining with 111 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Goldman Sachs Group (NYSE: GS), which sported a 73-cent gain (+0.4%) bringing the stock to $168.22. This single gain lifted the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 5.52 points or roughly accounting for 22.1% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Goldman Sachs Group ended the day at 2.3 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.4 million shares.

Goldman Sachs Group has a market cap of $76.81 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are up 31.7% year to date as of Tuesday'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. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

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, expanding profit margins, growth in earnings per share and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

Holding the Dow back today was Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM), which lagged the broader Dow index with a 47-cent decline (-0.5%) bringing the stock to $93.80. Volume for Exxon Mobil Corporation ended the day at 8.7 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 12.5 million shares.

Exxon Mobil Corporation has a market cap of $415.4 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are up 9.9% year to date as of Tuesday'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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