Dow Today: Boeing (BA) Leads The Day Higher, Cisco Systems (CSCO) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 12 points at 16,663 as of Thursday, Aug 14, 2014, 9:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 15.6 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 302.3 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,831 issues advancing vs. 823 declining with 283 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Boeing (NYSE: BA), which is sporting a 90-cent gain (+0.7%) bringing the stock to $122.88. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 6.81 points or roughly accounting for 56.8% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Boeing currently sits at 141,818 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 4.2 million shares.

Boeing has a market cap of $86.81 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and aerospace/defense industry. Shares are down 10.6% year-to-date as of Wednesday'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 increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Holding back the Dow today is Cisco Systems (Nasdaq: CSCO), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 52-cent decline (-2.1%) bringing the stock to $24.68. Volume for Cisco Systems currently sits at 6.4 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 27.1 million shares.

Cisco Systems has a market cap of $128.84 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer hardware industry. Shares are up 12.3% year-to-date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3%.

Cisco Systems, Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells Internet protocol (IP) and other products related to the communications and information technology industry worldwide.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cisco Systems as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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