Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link. The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 207 points (+1.3%) at 16,375 as of Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014, 11:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 137.3 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 2,598 issues advancing vs. 382 declining with 129 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Visa (NYSE: V), which is sporting a $3.27 gain (+1.5%) bringing the stock to $224.71. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 24.75 points or roughly accounting for 12% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Visa currently sits at 1.4 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.3 million shares. Visa has a market cap of $113.94 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are down 0.6% year to date as of Monday'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.