Dow Today: McDonald's (MCD) Leads The Day Higher, Intel (INTC) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 21 points (+0.1%) at 16,654 as of Thursday, May 29, 2014, 9:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 10 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 363.5 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,873 issues advancing vs. 806 declining with 264 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be McDonald's (NYSE: MCD), which is sporting an 88-cent gain (+0.9%) bringing the stock to $101.37. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 6.66 points or roughly accounting for 31.7% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for McDonald's currently sits at 270,911 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.1 million shares.

McDonald's has a market cap of $101.17 billion and is part of the services sector and leisure industry. Shares are up 4.4% year-to-date as of Wednesday'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.

Holding back the Dow today is Intel (Nasdaq: INTC), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a five-cent decline (-0.2%) bringing the stock to $26.83. Volume for Intel currently sits at 1.2 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 28.7 million shares.

Intel has a market cap of $132.96 billion and is part of the technology sector and electronics industry. Shares are up 3.6% year-to-date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.4%.

Intel Corporation designs, manufactures, and sells integrated digital technology platforms worldwide. It operates through PC Client Group, Data Center Group, Other Intel Architecture, Software and Services, and All Other segments.

TheStreet Ratings rates Intel 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, reasonable valuation levels, 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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