Dow Today: McDonald's (MCD) Leads The Day Higher, United Technologies (UTX) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed up 15 points at 16,737. During the day, 244.8 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 closed at 1,581 issues advancing vs. 1,475 declining with 144 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was McDonald's (NYSE: MCD), which sported a 99-cent gain (+1%) bringing the stock to $102.44. This single gain lifted the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 7.49 points or roughly accounting for 49.9% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for McDonald's ended the day at 3.6 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.1 million shares.

McDonald's has a market cap of $100.85 billion and is part of the services sector and leisure industry. Shares are up 4.6% year-to-date as of Tuesday'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 the Dow back today was United Technologies (NYSE: UTX), which lagged the broader Dow index with a 68-cent decline (-0.6%) bringing the stock to $117.14. Volume for United Technologies ended the day at 2.8 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.2 million shares.

United Technologies has a market cap of $107.62 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and aerospace/defense industry. Shares are up 3.5% year-to-date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2%.

United Technologies Corporation provides technology products and services to the building systems and aerospace industries worldwide.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Technologies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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