Dow Today: Walt Disney (DIS) Leads The Day Higher, McDonald's (MCD) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed up 63 points (+0.4%) at 16,606. During the day, 209.1 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 386.1 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 2,094 issues advancing vs. 942 declining with 152 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS), which sported a 97-cent gain (+1.2%) bringing the stock to $83.32. This single gain lifted the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 7.34 points or roughly accounting for 11.7% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Walt Disney ended the day at 4.5 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.8 million shares.

Walt Disney has a market cap of $142.34 billion and is part of the services sector and media industry. Shares are up 7.8% year-to-date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.1%.

The Walt Disney Company operates as an entertainment company worldwide. The company operates in five segments: Media Networks, Parks and Resorts, Studio Entertainment, Consumer Products, and Interactive.

TheStreet Ratings rates Walt Disney as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Holding the Dow back today was McDonald's (NYSE: MCD), which lagged the broader Dow index with a 45-cent decline (-0.4%) bringing the stock to $102. Volume for McDonald's ended the day at 4.1 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.1 million shares.

McDonald's has a market cap of $101.37 billion and is part of the services sector and leisure industry. Shares are up 5.6% year-to-date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.2%.

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 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, 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 sub par growth in net income.

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