Dow Today: Home Depot (HD) Leads The Day Higher, United Technologies (UTX) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed down 130.0 points (-0.8%) at 15,843. During the day, 405.6 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 375.6 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 603 issues advancing vs. 2,469 declining with 73 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Home Depot (NYSE: HD), which sported a 39-cent gain (+0.5%) bringing the stock to $79. Volume for Home Depot ended the day at 7.7 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of seven million shares.

Home Depot has a market cap of $112.09 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are up 27.1% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2%.

The Home Depot, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

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, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, notable return on equity 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.

Holding the Dow back today was United Technologies (NYSE: UTX), which lagged the broader Dow index with a $2.32 decline (-2.1%) bringing the stock to $108.66. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 17.56 points or roughly accounting for 13.5% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for United Technologies ended the day at 3.4 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 2.9 million shares.

United Technologies has a market cap of $102.02 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. Shares are up 35.6% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.1%.

United Technologies Corporation provides technology products and services to the building systems and aerospace industries worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Technologies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

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