Dow Today: Goldman Sachs Group (GS) Leads The Day Higher, Visa (V) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed up 129 points (+0.8%) at 15,884. During the day, 379.7 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 374.7 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 2,035 issues advancing vs. 1,012 declining with 139 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 $168.33. This single gain lifted the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 5.52 points or roughly accounting for 4.3% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Goldman Sachs Group ended the day at 2.9 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.4 million shares.

Goldman Sachs Group has a market cap of $76.93 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are up 31.4% 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 10.3, 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 Visa (NYSE: V), which lagged the broader Dow index with a $2.22 decline (-1.1%) bringing the stock to $203.44. Volume for Visa ended the day at 2.8 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of three million shares.

Visa has a market cap of $101.03 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are up 35.7% year to date as of Wednesday'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.

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