Dow Today: Pfizer (PFE) Leads The Day Higher, Home Depot (HD) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 81 points (+0.5%) at 15,918 as of Tuesday, Jan 28, 2014, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 16.8 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 sits at 1,858 issues advancing vs. 861 declining with 217 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Pfizer (NYSE: PFE), which is sporting a 63-cent gain (+2.1%) bringing the stock to $30.29. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 4.77 points or roughly accounting for 5.9% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Pfizer currently sits at 1.8 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 24.3 million shares.

Pfizer has a market cap of $195.02 billion and is part of the health care sector and drugs industry. Shares are down 3.2% year to date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.5%.

Pfizer Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, discovers, develops, manufactures, and sells medicines for people and animals worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Pfizer as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Holding back the Dow today is Home Depot (NYSE: HD), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 44-cent decline (-0.6%) bringing the stock to $78.50. Volume for Home Depot currently sits at 532,429 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.4 million shares.

Home Depot has a market cap of $111.48 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are down 4.1% year to date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2%.

The Home Depot, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Home Depot as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

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