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

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed up 41 points (+0.2%) at 16,449. During the day, 292.1 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 closed at 1,899 issues advancing vs. 1,164 declining with 145 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Visa (NYSE: V), which sported a $1.18 gain (+0.6%) bringing the stock to $209.13. This single gain lifted the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 8.93 points or roughly accounting for 21.8% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Visa ended the day at 2.5 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.7 million shares.

Visa has a market cap of $104.87 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are down 6.6% year-to-date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 0.7%.

Visa Inc., a payments technology company, operates as a retail electronic payments network worldwide. The company facilitates commerce through the transfer of value and information among financial institutions, merchants, consumers, businesses, and government entities.

TheStreet Ratings rates Visa 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, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

Holding the Dow back today was McDonald's Corporation (NYSE: MCD), which lagged the broader Dow index with a 57-cent decline (-0.6%) bringing the stock to $99.67. Volume for McDonald's Corporation ended the day at 6.3 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.4 million shares.

McDonald's Corporation has a market cap of $99.14 billion and is part of the services sector and leisure industry. Shares are up 3.3% 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.

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