Dow Today: Intel (INTC) Leads The Day Higher, Procter & Gamble (PG) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 15.0 points at 17,064 as of Friday, Aug 29, 2014, 9:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 10.7 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 297.6 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,636 issues advancing vs. 984 declining with 314 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Intel (Nasdaq: INTC), which is sporting a 20-cent gain (+0.6%) bringing the stock to $34.84. Volume for Intel currently sits at 1.6 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 34.5 million shares.

Intel has a market cap of $172.25 billion and is part of the technology sector and electronics industry. Shares are up 33.5% year-to-date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.6%.

Intel Corporation designs, manufactures, and sells integrated digital technology platforms worldwide. It operates through PC Client Group, Data Center Group, Other Intel Architecture, Software and Services, and All Other segments.

TheStreet Ratings rates Intel as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance and reasonable valuation levels. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

Holding back the Dow today is Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 21-cent decline (-0.3%) bringing the stock to $82.82. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 1.59 points or roughly accounting for 10.6% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Procter & Gamble currently sits at 183,985 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 7.6 million shares.

Procter & Gamble has a market cap of $225.57 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and consumer non-durables industry. Shares are up 2% year-to-date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.1%.

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, Feminine 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, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

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