Dow Today: McDonald's Corporation (MCD) Leads The Day Higher, Goldman Sachs Group (GS) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed down 160.0 points (-1%) at 16,412. During the day, 412 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 closed at 1,053 issues advancing vs. 1,998 declining with 120 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was McDonald's Corporation (NYSE: MCD), which sported a 21-cent gain (+0.2%) bringing the stock to $97.87. Volume for McDonald's Corporation ended the day at 5.4 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.5 million shares.

McDonald's Corporation has a market cap of $96.6 billion and is part of the services sector and leisure industry. Shares are up 0.7% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.3%.

McDonald's Corporation franchises and operates McDonald's restaurants in the United States, Europe, the Asia/Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, Canada, and Latin America. The company's restaurants offer various food items, soft drinks, coffee, and other beverages, as well as breakfast menus.

TheStreet Ratings rates McDonald's Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

Holding the Dow back today was Goldman Sachs Group (NYSE: GS), which lagged the broader Dow index with a $2.85 decline (-1.7%) bringing the stock to $163.24. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 21.57 points or roughly accounting for 13.5% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Goldman Sachs Group ended the day at 3.3 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.5 million shares.

Goldman Sachs Group has a market cap of $75.73 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are down 6.3% year to date as of Thursday'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.

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