Dow Today: Visa (V) Leads The Day Higher, Coca-Cola (KO) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed up 166 points (+1.1%) at 15,794. During the day, 403.4 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 378 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 2,362 issues advancing vs. 672 declining with 130 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Visa (NYSE: V), which sported a $2.77 gain (+1.3%) bringing the stock to $221.78. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 20.96 points or roughly accounting for 12.6% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Visa ended the day at 3.1 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.3 million shares.

Visa has a market cap of $108.73 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are down 1.6% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 0.7%.

Visa Inc., a payments technology company, operates as a 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.

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, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

Holding the Dow back today was Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO), which lagged the broader Dow index with an eight-cent decline (-0.2%) bringing the stock to $37.95. Volume for Coca-Cola ended the day at 20.4 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 14.1 million shares.

Coca-Cola has a market cap of $166.08 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and food & beverage industry. Shares are down 7.9% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3%.

The Coca-Cola Company, a beverage company, engages in the manufacture, marketing, and sale of nonalcoholic beverages worldwide. The company primarily offers sparkling beverages and still beverages.

TheStreet Ratings rates Coca-Cola as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins 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.

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