Dow Today: Visa (V) Leads The Day Higher, Goldman Sachs Group (GS) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed up 18 points (+0.1%) at 16,530. During the day, 276.9 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 406.1 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,490 issues advancing vs. 1,530 declining with 177 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Visa (NYSE: V), which sported a $2.71 gain (+1.3%) bringing the stock to $207.13. This single gain lifted the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 20.51 points or roughly accounting for 113.9% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Visa ended the day at 3.4 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.6 million shares.

Visa has a market cap of $102.09 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are down 8.2% year-to-date as of Friday'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. The company has a P/E ratio of 28.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth 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 Goldman Sachs Group (NYSE: GS), which lagged the broader Dow index with a $2.53 decline (-1.6%) bringing the stock to $156.35. Volume for Goldman Sachs Group ended the day at three million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.6 million shares.

Goldman Sachs Group has a market cap of $71.41 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are down 10.4% year-to-date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.3%.

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. provides investment banking, securities, and investment management services to corporations, financial institutions, governments, and high-net-worth individuals worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Goldman Sachs Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels 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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