Dow Today: Walt Disney (DIS) Leads The Day Higher, Visa (V) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed up seven points at 15,801. During the day, 346.6 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 378.9 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,795 issues advancing vs. 1,233 declining with 152 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS), which sported a $1.39 gain (+1.8%) bringing the stock to $77.06. This single gain lifted the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 10.52 points or roughly accounting for 150.3% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Walt Disney ended the day at 8.5 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of seven million shares.

Walt Disney has a market cap of $132.39 billion and is part of the services sector and media industry. Shares are down 1% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.1%.

The Walt Disney Company operates as an entertainment company worldwide. The company operates in five segments: Media Networks, Parks and Resorts, Studio Entertainment, Consumer Products, and Interactive.

TheStreet Ratings rates Walt Disney as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Holding the Dow back today was Visa (NYSE: V), which lagged the broader Dow index with a $1.23 decline (-0.6%) bringing the stock to $220.55. Volume for Visa ended the day at 2.5 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.3 million shares.

Visa has a market cap of $110.45 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are down 0.4% year to date as of Friday'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.

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