Dow Today: Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) Leads The Day Higher, McDonald's (MCD) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed up 19 points (+0.1%) at 17,098. During the day, 229.2 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 closed at 2,137 issues advancing vs. 890 declining with 157 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ), which sported a 78-cent gain (+0.8%) bringing the stock to $103.73. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 5.9 points or roughly accounting for 31.1% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Johnson & Johnson ended the day at 5.1 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.2 million shares.

Johnson & Johnson has a market cap of $291.11 billion and is part of the health care sector and drugs industry. Shares are up 12.4% year-to-date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.7%.

Johnson & Johnson, together with its subsidiaries, is engaged in the research and development, manufacture, and sale of various products in the health care field worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Consumer, Pharmaceutical, and Medical Devices and Diagnostics.

TheStreet Ratings rates Johnson & Johnson 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, increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

Holding the Dow back today was McDonald's (NYSE: MCD), which lagged the broader Dow index with a 42-cent decline (-0.5%) bringing the stock to $93.72. Volume for McDonald's ended the day at 4.5 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 4.8 million shares.

McDonald's has a market cap of $92.94 billion and is part of the services sector and leisure industry. Shares are down 3% year-to-date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.4%.

McDonald's Corporation franchises and operates McDonald's restaurants in the United States, Europe, the Asia/Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, Canada, and Latin America. The company's restaurants offer various food items, soft drinks, coffee, and other beverages, as well as breakfast menus.

TheStreet Ratings rates McDonald's 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, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

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