Dow Today: Boeing (BA) Leads The Day Higher, Visa (V) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed down 42.0 points (-0.3%) at 15,837. During the day, 485.8 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 358.9 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 793 issues advancing vs. 2,271 declining with 110 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Boeing (NYSE: BA), which sported a 71-cent gain (+0.5%) bringing the stock to $137.36. Volume for Boeing ended the day at five million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 4.1 million shares.

Boeing has a market cap of $106.19 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and aerospace/defense industry. Shares are up 0.1% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.1%.

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 25.1, 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 has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

Holding the Dow back today was Visa (NYSE: V), which lagged the broader Dow index with a $5.03 decline (-2.3%) bringing the stock to $216.22. This single loss lowered the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 38.07 points or roughly accounting for 90.6% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Visa ended the day at 4.9 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of three million shares.

Visa has a market cap of $115.46 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are down 0.6% 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 30.1, 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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