Dow Today: Visa (V) Leads The Day Higher, American Express (AXP) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed up 134 points (+0.8%) at 16,457. During the day, 352.9 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 closed at 2,344 issues advancing vs. 728 declining with 120 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Visa (NYSE: V), which sported a $3.77 gain (+1.8%) bringing the stock to $215.86. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 28.53 points or roughly accounting for 21.3% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Visa ended the day at 2.8 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.2 million shares.

Visa has a market cap of $108.81 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are down 4.8% 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 no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

Holding the Dow back today was American Express (NYSE: AXP), which lagged the broader Dow index with a 43-cent decline (-0.5%) bringing the stock to $90.03. Volume for American Express ended the day at 5.1 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 4.1 million shares.

American Express has a market cap of $95.35 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are down 0.3% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1%.

American Express Company, together with its subsidiaries, provides charge and credit payment card products and travel-related services to consumers and businesses worldwide. The company operates through four segments: U.S.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Express as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

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