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 26.0 points (-0.2%) at 16,398 as of Thursday, Apr 17, 2014, 11:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 178.5 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 422.9 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,560 issues advancing vs. 1,339 declining with 216 unchanged.
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Holding back the Dow today is American Express (NYSE: AXP), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a $1.81 decline (-2.1%) bringing the stock to $85.59. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 13.7 points or roughly accounting for 52.7% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for American Express currently sits at 4.6 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.9 million shares. American Express has a market cap of $91.17 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are down 3.7% year-to-date as of Wednesday'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.