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

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed down 21.0 points (-0.1%) at 16,722. During the day, 257.8 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 358.7 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,163 issues advancing vs. 1,892 declining with 149 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Goldman Sachs Group (NYSE: GS), which sported a $1.77 gain (+1.1%) bringing the stock to $161.80. Volume for Goldman Sachs Group ended the day at 2.4 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.2 million shares.

Goldman Sachs Group has a market cap of $71.46 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are down 9.7% year-to-date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.4%.

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. provides investment banking, securities, and investment management services to corporations, financial institutions, governments, and high-net-worth individuals worldwide.

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, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Holding the Dow back today was Visa (NYSE: V), which lagged the broader Dow index with a $2.20 decline (-1%) bringing the stock to $211.32. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 16.65 points or roughly accounting for 79.3% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Visa ended the day at 2.2 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.5 million shares.

Visa has a market cap of $107.29 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are down 4.1% year-to-date as of Monday'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.

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 no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

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