Dow Today: Goldman Sachs Group (GS) Leads The Day Higher, Cisco Systems (CSCO) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 46 points (+0.3%) at 15,921 as of Wednesday, Dec 18, 2013, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 14.5 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 369.9 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,587 issues advancing vs. 1,135 declining with 246 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Goldman Sachs Group (NYSE: GS), which is sporting a $1.69 gain (+1%) bringing the stock to $172.18. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 12.79 points or roughly accounting for 27.8% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Goldman Sachs Group currently sits at 136,177 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.1 million shares.

Goldman Sachs Group has a market cap of $77.48 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are up 33.6% 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 10.4, 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 back the Dow today is Cisco Systems (Nasdaq: CSCO), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 23-cent decline (-1.1%) bringing the stock to $20.69. Volume for Cisco Systems currently sits at two million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 46.7 million shares.

Cisco Systems has a market cap of $110.57 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer hardware industry. Shares are up 5.2% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.3%.

Cisco Systems, Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells Internet protocol (IP) and other products related to the communications and information technology industry worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cisco Systems 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, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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