Dow Today: Walt Disney (DIS) Leads The Day Higher, Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 10.0 points at 16,385 as of Wednesday, Mar 5, 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 403.5 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,195 issues advancing vs. 1,496 declining with 254 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS), which is sporting an 83-cent gain (+1%) bringing the stock to $82.54. Volume for Walt Disney currently sits at 427,156 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 7.4 million shares.

Walt Disney has a market cap of $139.22 billion and is part of the services sector and media industry. Shares are up 4% year to date as of Tuesday'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 Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a $1.74 decline (-1.8%) bringing the stock to $94.78. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 13.17 points or roughly accounting for 131.7% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Exxon Mobil Corporation currently sits at 1.4 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 12.9 million shares.

Exxon Mobil Corporation has a market cap of $412.68 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are down 5.6% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.6%.

Exxon Mobil Corporation engages in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas, and manufacture of petroleum products. The company also transports and sells crude oil, natural gas, and petroleum products. It has approximately 37,228 gross and 31,264 net operated wells.

TheStreet Ratings rates Exxon Mobil Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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