Dow Today: American Express (AXP) Leads The Day Higher, International Business Machines (IBM) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 62 points (+0.4%) at 16,668 as of Tuesday, May 27, 2014, 9:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 17.2 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 380.9 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,124 issues advancing vs. 638 declining with 240 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be American Express (NYSE: AXP), which is sporting a $1.06 gain (+1.2%) bringing the stock to $89.84. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 8.02 points or roughly accounting for 12.9% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for American Express currently sits at 143,097 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.5 million shares.

American Express has a market cap of $93.98 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are down 2.1% year-to-date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.2%.

American Express Company, together with its subsidiaries, provides charge and credit payment card products and travel-related services to consumers and businesses worldwide. The company operates through four segments: U.S.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Express as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income and solid stock price performance. 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 International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a $1.30 decline (-0.7%) bringing the stock to $184.64. Volume for International Business Machines currently sits at 388,704 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 4.9 million shares.

International Business Machines has a market cap of $188.21 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are down 0.9% year-to-date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.4%.

International Business Machines Corporation provides information technology (IT) products and services worldwide.

TheStreet Ratings rates International Business Machines as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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