Dow Today: Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) Leads The Day Higher, Visa (V) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed down 44.0 points (-0.3%) at 16,425. During the day, 312.5 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 362.1 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,406 issues advancing vs. 1,639 declining with 107 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ), which sported a 48-cent gain (+0.5%) bringing the stock to $92.33. Volume for Johnson & Johnson ended the day at seven million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 7.1 million shares.

Johnson & Johnson has a market cap of $256.84 billion and is part of the health care sector and drugs industry. Shares are up 0.3% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.9%.

Johnson & Johnson, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the research and development, manufacture, and sale of various products in the health care field worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Consumer, Pharmaceutical, and Medical Devices and Diagnostics. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Johnson & Johnson 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, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

Holding the Dow back today was Visa (NYSE: V), which lagged the broader Dow index with a $1.33 decline (-0.6%) bringing the stock to $219.83. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 10.07 points or roughly accounting for 22.9% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Visa ended the day at 2.1 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of three million shares.

Visa has a market cap of $111.8 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are down 0.7% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 0.7%.

Visa Inc., a payments technology company, is engaged in the operation of retail electronic payments network worldwide. The company 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 29.1, 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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