Dow Today: Goldman Sachs Group (GS) Leads The Day Higher, American Express (AXP) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed up 41 points (+0.2%) at 16,573. During the day, 319.6 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 421.9 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,743 issues advancing vs. 1,288 declining with 165 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Goldman Sachs Group (NYSE: GS), which sported a $1.35 gain (+0.8%) bringing the stock to $167.27. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 10.22 points or roughly accounting for 24.9% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Goldman Sachs Group ended the day at 2.4 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.5 million shares.

Goldman Sachs Group has a market cap of $74.18 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are down 7.6% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.3%.

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. provides investment banking, securities, and investment management services to corporations, financial institutions, governments, and high-net-worth individuals worldwide.

TheStreet Ratings rates Goldman Sachs Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, increase in stock price during the past year, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Holding the Dow back today was American Express (NYSE: AXP), which lagged the broader Dow index with a 54-cent decline (-0.6%) bringing the stock to $90.40. Volume for American Express ended the day at 2.8 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 4.1 million shares.

American Express has a market cap of $95.4 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are down 0.8% year to date as of Tuesday'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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