Dow Today: American Express (AXP) Leads The Day Higher, Intel (INTC) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 8.0 points at 16,409 as of Friday, Jan 17, 2014, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 92.6 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 357.5 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,321 issues advancing vs. 1,344 declining with 255 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be American Express (NYSE: AXP), which is sporting a $3.72 gain (+4.2%) bringing the stock to $91.50. Volume for American Express currently sits at 1.9 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.5 million shares.

American Express has a market cap of $94.54 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are down 3.3% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1%.

American Express Company provides charge and credit payment card products and travel-related services to customers worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Express as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

Holding back the Dow today is Intel (Nasdaq: INTC), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a $1.13 decline (-4.3%) bringing the stock to $25.41. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 8.55 points or roughly accounting for 106.9% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Intel currently sits at 19.2 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 32.1 million shares.

Intel has a market cap of $132.58 billion and is part of the technology sector and electronics industry. Shares are up 2.3% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.4%.

Intel Corporation designs, manufactures, and sells integrated digital technology platforms worldwide. The company operates through PC Client Group, Data Center Group, Other Intel Architecture, Software and Services, and All Other segments. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Intel 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 somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

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