Dow Today: Travelers Companies (TRV) Leads The Day Higher, Visa (V) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 10 points at 16,582 as of Friday, Apr 4, 2014, 9:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 15.2 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 419.7 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,130 issues advancing vs. 631 declining with 199 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Travelers Companies (NYSE: TRV), which is sporting a 59-cent gain (+0.7%) bringing the stock to $85.57. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 4.47 points or roughly accounting for 44.7% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Travelers Companies currently sits at 60,736 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 2.7 million shares.

Travelers Companies has a market cap of $29.82 billion and is part of the financial sector and insurance industry. Shares are down 6.1% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.4%.

The Travelers Companies, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides various commercial and personal property, and casualty insurance products and services to businesses, government units, associations, and individuals in the United States.

TheStreet Ratings rates Travelers Companies 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, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

Holding back the Dow today is Visa (NYSE: V), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a $1.28 decline (-0.6%) bringing the stock to $213.73. Volume for Visa currently sits at 68,309 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.3 million shares.

Visa has a market cap of $108.25 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are down 3.4% year to date as of Thursday'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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