Dow Today: Travelers Companies (TRV) Leads The Day Higher, Home Depot (HD) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 26.0 points (-0.2%) at 16,696 as of Wednesday, Jun 4, 2014, 9:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 9.8 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 356.7 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 747 issues advancing vs. 1,970 declining with 242 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Travelers Companies (NYSE: TRV), which is sporting a 47-cent gain (+0.5%) bringing the stock to $93.88. Volume for Travelers Companies currently sits at 55,227 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 2.3 million shares.

Travelers Companies has a market cap of $32.56 billion and is part of the financial sector and insurance industry. Shares are up 3.2% year-to-date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.4%.

The Travelers Companies, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides various commercial and personal property, and casualty insurance products and services to businesses, government units, associations, and individuals in the United States.

TheStreet Ratings rates Travelers Companies 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, notable return on equity, increase in stock price during the past year 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 back the Dow today is Home Depot (NYSE: HD), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 48-cent decline (-0.6%) bringing the stock to $80.19. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 3.63 points or roughly accounting for 14% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Home Depot currently sits at 175,902 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.6 million shares.

Home Depot has a market cap of $110.56 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are down 2% year-to-date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.3%.

The Home Depot, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer.

TheStreet Ratings rates Home Depot 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 increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

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