Dow Today: Nike (NKE) Higher

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 90 points (+0.6%) at 16,447 as of Thursday, Dec 26, 2013, 12:35 p.m. ET. During this time, 84.8 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 373.3 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,532 issues advancing vs. 1,415 declining with 177 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Nike (NYSE: NKE), which is sporting a 72-cent gain (+0.9%) bringing the stock to $78.38. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 5.45 points or roughly accounting for 6.1% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Nike currently sits at 1.3 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.6 million shares.

Nike has a market cap of $55.26 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and consumer non-durables industry. Shares are up 50.5% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.2%.

NIKE, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the design, development, marketing, and sale of athletic footwear, apparel, equipment, and accessories, as well as in the provision of services to men, women, and kids worldwide.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nike as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

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