Dow Today: Procter & Gamble (PG) Lower

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 14.0 points at 16,500 as of Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014, 11:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 149.9 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 418.9 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,675 issues advancing vs. 1,272 declining with 149 unchanged.
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Holding back the Dow today is Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 68-cent decline (-0.8%) bringing the stock to $79.92. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 5.15 points or roughly accounting for 36.8% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Procter & Gamble currently sits at 4.4 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 9.4 million shares.

Procter & Gamble has a market cap of $221.14 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and consumer non-durables industry. Shares are down 0.2% year-to-date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3%.

The Procter & Gamble Company, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells branded consumer packaged goods. The company operates through five segments: Beauty, Grooming, Health Care, Fabric Care and Home Care, and Baby Care and Family Care.

TheStreet Ratings rates Procter & Gamble 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, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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