Dow Today: Visa (V) Leads The Day Higher, Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed up 28 points (+0.2%) at 16,943. During the day, 244.6 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 308.6 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,668 issues advancing vs. 1,374 declining with 136 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Visa (NYSE: V), which sported a $1.46 gain (+0.7%) bringing the stock to $217. This single gain lifted the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 11.05 points or roughly accounting for 39.5% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Visa ended the day at 1.4 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 2.8 million shares.

Visa has a market cap of $107.95 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are down 3.2% year-to-date as of Thursday'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 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 Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM), which lagged the broader Dow index with an 83-cent decline (-0.8%) bringing the stock to $101.74. Volume for Exxon Mobil Corporation ended the day at 7.7 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 9.5 million shares.

Exxon Mobil Corporation has a market cap of $446.33 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are up 1.4% year-to-date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.7%.

Exxon Mobil Corporation explores and produces for crude oil and natural gas. As of December 31, 2013, the company had approximately 37,661 gross and 31,823 net operated wells.

TheStreet Ratings rates Exxon Mobil Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

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