Dow Today: Visa (V) Leads The Day Higher, Goldman Sachs Group (GS) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed down 31.0 points (-0.2%) at 15,963. During the day, 340 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 379 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,737 issues advancing vs. 1,307 declining with 126 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Visa (NYSE: V), which sported a $2.24 gain (+1%) bringing the stock to $224.17. Volume for Visa ended the day at 3.7 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.3 million shares.

Visa has a market cap of $111.22 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are down 0.2% year to date as of Tuesday'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 Goldman Sachs Group (NYSE: GS), which lagged the broader Dow index with an 89-cent decline (-0.5%) bringing the stock to $163.50. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 6.74 points or roughly accounting for 21.7% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Goldman Sachs Group ended the day at three million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of three million shares.

Goldman Sachs Group has a market cap of $72.97 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are down 7.3% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.4%.

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. provides investment banking, securities, and investment management services, as well as financial services to corporations, financial institutions, governments, and high-net-worth individuals worldwide.

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