Dow Today: Goldman Sachs Group (GS) Higher

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 113 points (+0.7%) at 17,114 as of Monday, Aug 25, 2014, 10:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 46.3 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 300.8 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,069 issues advancing vs. 803 declining with 199 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Goldman Sachs Group (NYSE: GS), which is sporting a $3.18 gain (+1.8%) bringing the stock to $178.65. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 24.07 points or roughly accounting for 21.3% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Goldman Sachs Group currently sits at 892,414 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 2.4 million shares.

Goldman Sachs Group has a market cap of $77.17 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are down 1% year-to-date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.3%.

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. provides investment banking, securities, and investment management services to corporations, financial institutions, governments, and high-net-worth individuals worldwide.

TheStreet Ratings rates Goldman Sachs Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

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