Dow Today: Goldman Sachs Group (GS) Higher

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 40 points (+0.2%) at 17,107 as of Wednesday, Sep 3, 2014, 12:36 p.m. ET. During this time, 124 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 295 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,478 issues advancing vs. 1,497 declining with 182 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Goldman Sachs Group (NYSE: GS), which is sporting a 28-cent gain (+0.2%) bringing the stock to $180.05. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 2.12 points or roughly accounting for 5.3% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Goldman Sachs Group currently sits at 1.3 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 2.4 million shares.

Goldman Sachs Group has a market cap of $78.91 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are up 1.4% year-to-date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.2%.

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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