Dow Today: Boeing (BA) Leads The Day Higher, Goldman Sachs Group (GS) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed down 68.0 points (-0.4%) at 15,821. During the day, 448.3 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 372.7 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,031 issues advancing vs. 1,982 declining with 98 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Boeing (NYSE: BA), which sported a $1.23 gain (+0.9%) bringing the stock to $132.73. Volume for Boeing ended the day at 3.5 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 4.5 million shares.

Boeing has a market cap of $99.19 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and aerospace/defense industry. Shares are up 74.5% year to date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.5%.

The Boeing Company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the design, development, manufacture, sale, and support of commercial jetliners, military aircraft, satellites, missile defense, human space flight, and launch systems and services worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Boeing as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Holding the Dow back today was Goldman Sachs Group (NYSE: GS), which lagged the broader Dow index with a $3.14 decline (-1.9%) bringing the stock to $165.56. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 23.76 points or roughly accounting for 34.9% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Goldman Sachs Group ended the day at 3.5 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.4 million shares.

Goldman Sachs Group has a market cap of $76.17 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are up 32.3% year to date as of Wednesday'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 10.2, 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.

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