Dow Today: Home Depot (HD) Leads The Day Higher, Coca-Cola (KO) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 36 points (+0.2%) at 16,444 as of Monday, Apr 21, 2014, 9:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 13.2 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 422.8 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,561 issues advancing vs. 1,168 declining with 278 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Home Depot (NYSE: HD), which is sporting a $1.14 gain (+1.5%) bringing the stock to $78.23. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 8.63 points or roughly accounting for 24% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Home Depot currently sits at 455,721 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 7.1 million shares.

Home Depot has a market cap of $105.47 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are down 6.4% year-to-date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.4%.

The Home Depot, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer.

TheStreet Ratings rates Home Depot as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

Holding back the Dow today is Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 25-cent decline (-0.6%) bringing the stock to $40.47. Volume for Coca-Cola currently sits at 677,590 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 18.2 million shares.

Coca-Cola has a market cap of $179.41 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and food & beverage industry. Shares are down 1.4% year-to-date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.2%.

The Coca-Cola Company, a beverage company, manufactures, markets, and sells nonalcoholic beverages worldwide. The company primarily offers sparkling beverages and still beverages.

TheStreet Ratings rates Coca-Cola as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins, reasonable valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

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