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.

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