Dow Today: Home Depot (HD) Leads The Day Higher, Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 39 points (+0.2%) at 16,488 as of Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014, 9:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 16.8 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 1,499 issues advancing vs. 1,167 declining with 270 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Home Depot (NYSE: HD), which is sporting a $1.23 gain (+1.6%) bringing the stock to $79.19. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 9.31 points or roughly accounting for 23.9% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Home Depot currently sits at 982,528 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 5.3% year-to-date as of Monday'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 Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 49-cent decline (-0.5%) bringing the stock to $100.44. Volume for Exxon Mobil Corporation currently sits at 422,169 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 12.6 million shares.

Exxon Mobil Corporation has a market cap of $432.84 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are down 0.3% year-to-date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.7%.

Exxon Mobil Corporation explores and produces for crude oil and natural gas. As of December 31, 2013, the company had approximately 37,661 gross and 31,823 net operated wells.

TheStreet Ratings rates Exxon Mobil Corporation 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 and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

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