Dow Today: Walt Disney (DIS) Leads The Day Higher, Coca-Cola (KO) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 143 points (+0.9%) at 16,466 as of Monday, Mar 31, 2014, 9:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 19.5 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 413.6 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,094 issues advancing vs. 680 declining with 245 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS), which is sporting a $1.18 gain (+1.5%) bringing the stock to $80.17. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 8.93 points or roughly accounting for 6.2% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Walt Disney currently sits at 317,924 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 7.4 million shares.

Walt Disney has a market cap of $137.5 billion and is part of the services sector and media industry. Shares are up 3.4% year to date as of Friday'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 Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a nine-cent decline (-0.2%) bringing the stock to $38.86. Volume for Coca-Cola currently sits at 778,402 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 16.6 million shares.

Coca-Cola has a market cap of $171.04 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and food & beverage industry. Shares are down 5.7% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.2%.

The Coca-Cola Company, a beverage company, manufactures, markets, and sells 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 expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, reasonable valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

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