Dow Today: Boeing (BA) Leads The Day Higher, Visa (V) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed up 75 points (+0.5%) at 16,532. During the day, 368.9 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 412.7 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 2,215 issues advancing vs. 871 declining with 116 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Boeing (NYSE: BA), which sported a $2.72 gain (+2.2%) bringing the stock to $128.21. This single gain lifted the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 20.59 points or roughly accounting for 27.5% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Boeing ended the day at 3.9 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.4 million shares.

Boeing has a market cap of $91.74 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and aerospace/defense industry. Shares are down 8.1% year to date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.4%.

The Boeing Company, together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, manufactures, sells, services, and supports commercial jetliners, military aircraft, satellites, missile defense, human space flight, and launch systems and services worldwide.

TheStreet Ratings rates Boeing 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

Holding the Dow back today was Visa (NYSE: V), which lagged the broader Dow index with a $1.16 decline (-0.5%) bringing the stock to $214.70. Volume for Visa ended the day at 2.3 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.2 million shares.

Visa has a market cap of $106.96 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are down 3.1% 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 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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