Dow Today: Procter & Gamble (PG) Leads The Day Higher, Boeing (BA) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed up 14 points at 16,443. During the day, 336.9 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 305.3 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,811 issues advancing vs. 1,231 declining with 140 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG), which sported a $1.68 gain (+2.1%) bringing the stock to $81.09. This single gain lifted the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 12.71 points or roughly accounting for 90.8% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Procter & Gamble ended the day at 12.7 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 7.6 million shares.

Procter & Gamble has a market cap of $214.37 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and consumer non-durables industry. Shares are down 2.7% year-to-date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.3%.

The Procter & Gamble Company, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells branded consumer packaged goods. The company operates through five segments: Beauty, Grooming, Health Care, Fabric Care and Home Care, and Baby Care and Family Care.

TheStreet Ratings rates Procter & Gamble as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

Holding the Dow back today was Boeing (NYSE: BA), which lagged the broader Dow index with a $2.20 decline (-1.8%) bringing the stock to $118.34. Volume for Boeing ended the day at 6.2 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 4.1 million shares.

Boeing has a market cap of $86.42 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and aerospace/defense industry. Shares are down 12.1% year-to-date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.4%.

The Boeing Company, together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, manufactures, sells, services, and supports commercial jetliners, military aircraft, satellites, missile defense, human space flight, and launch systems and services worldwide.

TheStreet Ratings rates Boeing as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

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