Dow Today: Coca-Cola (KO) Leads The Day Higher, Verizon Communications (VZ) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 43 points (+0.3%) at 16,176 as of Friday, Feb 21, 2014, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 49.9 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 381 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,665 issues advancing vs. 1,034 declining with 222 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO), which is sporting a 23-cent gain (+0.6%) bringing the stock to $37.53. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 1.74 points or roughly accounting for 4% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Coca-Cola currently sits at 2.1 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 15.2 million shares.

Coca-Cola has a market cap of $163.83 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and food & beverage industry. Shares are down 9.7% 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.

Holding back the Dow today is Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 31-cent decline (-0.6%) bringing the stock to $47.81. Volume for Verizon Communications currently sits at 11 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 15.8 million shares.

Verizon Communications has a market cap of $133.08 billion and is part of the technology sector and telecommunications industry. Shares are down 2.1% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 4.6%.

Verizon Communications Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides communications, information and entertainment products and services to consumers, businesses, and governmental agencies worldwide.

TheStreet Ratings rates Verizon Communications as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. 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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