Dow Today: International Business Machines (IBM) Leads The Day Higher, American Express (AXP) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed up 16 points at 16,569. During the day, 255.2 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 306.6 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 2,249 issues advancing vs. 806 declining with 126 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM), which sported an 84-cent gain (+0.5%) bringing the stock to $187.47. This single gain lifted the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 6.36 points or roughly accounting for 39.8% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for International Business Machines ended the day at 2.5 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.9 million shares.

International Business Machines has a market cap of $183.86 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are down 1.7% year-to-date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.4%.

International Business Machines Corporation provides information technology (IT) products and services worldwide.

TheStreet Ratings rates International Business Machines 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, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

Holding the Dow back today was American Express (NYSE: AXP), which lagged the broader Dow index with a 52-cent decline (-0.6%) bringing the stock to $86.95. Volume for American Express ended the day at 3.3 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.2 million shares.

American Express has a market cap of $90.03 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are down 5.2% year-to-date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.2%.

American Express Company, together with its subsidiaries, provides charge and credit payment card products and travel-related services to consumers and businesses worldwide. The company operates through four segments: U.S.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Express as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

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