Dow Today: McDonald's Corporation (MCD) Leads The Day Higher, Boeing (BA) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed up 11 points at 16,256. During the day, 409.5 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 417.9 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 2,083 issues advancing vs. 964 declining with 143 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was McDonald's Corporation (NYSE: MCD), which sported a $1.07 gain (+1.1%) bringing the stock to $98.08. This single gain lifted the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 8.1 points or roughly accounting for 73.6% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for McDonald's Corporation ended the day at 5.5 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.4 million shares.

McDonald's Corporation has a market cap of $96.88 billion and is part of the services sector and leisure industry. Shares are down 0% year-to-date as of Monday'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 Boeing (NYSE: BA), which lagged the broader Dow index with a $1.44 decline (-1.1%) bringing the stock to $124.15. Volume for Boeing ended the day at four million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.4 million shares.

Boeing has a market cap of $93.89 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and aerospace/defense industry. Shares are down 8% 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.

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