Dow Today: Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM) Leads The Day Higher, Goldman Sachs Group (GS) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 12.0 points at 17,057 as of Friday, Sep 5, 2014, 9:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 11.6 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 297 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,035 issues advancing vs. 1,682 declining with 221 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM), which is sporting a 59-cent gain (+0.6%) bringing the stock to $98.95. Volume for Exxon Mobil Corporation currently sits at 371,084 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 9.1 million shares.

Exxon Mobil Corporation has a market cap of $422.67 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are down 2.8% year-to-date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.8%.

Exxon Mobil Corporation explores and produces for crude oil and natural gas. As of December 31, 2013, the company had approximately 37,661 gross and 31,823 net operated wells.

TheStreet Ratings rates Exxon Mobil Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Holding back the Dow today is Goldman Sachs Group (NYSE: GS), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a $1.74 decline (-1%) bringing the stock to $178.34. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 13.17 points or roughly accounting for 109.7% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Goldman Sachs Group currently sits at 125,739 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 2.4 million shares.

Goldman Sachs Group has a market cap of $79.13 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are up 1.6% year-to-date as of Thursday'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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