Dow Today: Visa (V) Lower

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 214.0 points (-1.3%) at 16,107 as of Monday, Mar 3, 2014, 12:35 p.m. ET. During this time, 213.3 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 401.8 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 781 issues advancing vs. 2,195 declining with 136 unchanged.
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Holding back the Dow today is Visa (NYSE: V), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a $5.17 decline (-2.3%) bringing the stock to $220.77. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 39.13 points or roughly accounting for 18.3% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Visa currently sits at 2.1 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.3 million shares.

Visa has a market cap of $114.11 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are up 1.5% 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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