Dow Today: 3M (MMM) Leads The Day Higher, Travelers Companies (TRV) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed up 20 points (+0.1%) at 16,976. During the day, 233.6 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 324.3 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,137 issues advancing vs. 1,934 declining with 141 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was 3M (NYSE: MMM), which sported a 67-cent gain (+0.5%) bringing the stock to $145.23. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 5.07 points or roughly accounting for 25.4% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for 3M ended the day at 1.6 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 2.1 million shares.

3M has a market cap of $93.72 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. Shares are up 3.1% year-to-date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.4%.

3M Company operates as a diversified technology company worldwide.

TheStreet Ratings rates 3M as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, notable return on equity 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 the Dow back today was Travelers Companies (NYSE: TRV), which lagged the broader Dow index with a 59-cent decline (-0.6%) bringing the stock to $94.62. Volume for Travelers Companies ended the day at 1.1 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 2.2 million shares.

Travelers Companies has a market cap of $32.69 billion and is part of the financial sector and insurance industry. Shares are up 5.2% year-to-date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.3%.

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.

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