Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link. The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 84.0 points (-0.5%) at 16,488 as of Friday, Apr 4, 2014, 1:35 p.m. ET. During this time, 231 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 1,162 issues advancing vs. 1,831 declining with 142 unchanged.
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Holding back the Dow today is Nike (NYSE: NKE), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 99-cent decline (-1.3%) bringing the stock to $73. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 7.49 points or roughly accounting for 8.9% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Nike currently sits at 2.5 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of four million shares. Nike has a market cap of $52.74 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and consumer non-durables industry. Shares are down 5.9% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.2%. NIKE, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the design, development, marketing, and sale of athletic footwear, apparel, equipment, and accessories, as well as in the provision of services to men, women, and kids worldwide. TheStreet Ratings rates Nike 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, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.