Dow Today: Nike (NKE) Leads The Day Higher, International Business Machines (IBM) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed down 38.0 points (-0.2%) at 17,001. During the day, 219.2 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 301.3 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,124 issues advancing vs. 1,881 declining with 171 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Nike (NYSE: NKE), which sported a 35-cent gain (+0.4%) bringing the stock to $79.29. Volume for Nike ended the day at 2.9 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.3 million shares.

Nike has a market cap of $54.51 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and consumer non-durables industry. Shares are up 0.4% year-to-date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.2%.

NIKE, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, markets, and sells athletic footwear, apparel, equipment, and accessories for men, women, and kids worldwide.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nike 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, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

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