Dow Today: Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM) Leads The Day Higher, Boeing (BA) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed up 292 points (+1.8%) at 16,167. During the day, 486.3 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 closed at 2,431 issues advancing vs. 647 declining with 96 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM), which sported a $3.08 gain (+3.2%) bringing the stock to $99.83. This single gain lifted the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 23.31 points or roughly accounting for 8% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Exxon Mobil Corporation ended the day at 18 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 12.7 million shares.

Exxon Mobil Corporation has a market cap of $424.71 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are up 11.8% 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 12.7, 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.

Holding the Dow back today was Boeing (NYSE: BA), which lagged the broader Dow index with a 39-cent decline (-0.3%) bringing the stock to $135.49. Volume for Boeing ended the day at 5.6 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 4.3 million shares.

Boeing has a market cap of $101.24 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and aerospace/defense industry. Shares are up 78.8% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.4%.

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 23.9, 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.

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