Dow Today: Walt Disney (DIS) Leads The Day Higher, 3M (MMM) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 189 points (+1.2%) at 16,357 as of Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 19.3 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 402.3 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,617 issues advancing vs. 259 declining with 124 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS), which is sporting a $1.64 gain (+2.1%) bringing the stock to $81.10. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 12.41 points or roughly accounting for 6.6% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Walt Disney currently sits at 421,602 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 7.3 million shares.

Walt Disney has a market cap of $141.58 billion and is part of the services sector and media industry. Shares are up 4% year to date as of Monday'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, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Holding back the Dow today is 3M (NYSE: MMM), which is lagging the broader index with a one-cent decline to $132.20. Volume for 3M currently sits at 741,876 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.2 million shares.

3M has a market cap of $89.28 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. Shares are down 5.7% year to date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.5%.

3M Company operates as a diversified technology company worldwide.

TheStreet Ratings rates 3M 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, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

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