Dow Today: Visa (V) Higher

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 64 points (+0.4%) at 16,481 as of Friday, Jan 17, 2014, 12:35 p.m. ET. During this time, 302.2 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 1,557 issues advancing vs. 1,395 declining with 153 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Visa (NYSE: V), which is sporting a $5.63 gain (+2.5%) bringing the stock to $227.40. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 42.61 points or roughly accounting for 66.6% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Visa currently sits at 2.4 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 2.9 million shares.

Visa has a market cap of $113.19 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are down 0.4% year to date as of Thursday'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 29.5, 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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