Dow Today: Visa (V) Leads The Day Higher, Travelers Companies (TRV) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 58 points (+0.3%) at 17,109 as of Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014, 9:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 19.7 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 304.8 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,170 issues advancing vs. 554 declining with 207 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Visa (NYSE: V), which is sporting a $2.52 gain (+1.1%) bringing the stock to $221.74. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 19.07 points or roughly accounting for 32.9% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Visa currently sits at 88,913 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 2.6 million shares.

Visa has a market cap of $111.2 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are down 1.6% 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.

Holding back the Dow today is Travelers Companies (NYSE: TRV), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a $4.02 decline (-4.2%) bringing the stock to $91.24. Volume for Travelers Companies currently sits at 575,884 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of two million shares.

Travelers Companies has a market cap of $33.23 billion and is part of the financial sector and insurance industry. Shares are up 5.2% year-to-date as of Monday'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 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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