Dow Today: Nike (NKE) Leads The Day Higher, United Technologies (UTX) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed up 68 points (+0.4%) at 17,137. During the day, 261.8 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 297 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,903 issues advancing vs. 1,131 declining with 161 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Nike (NYSE: NKE), which sported a $2.12 gain (+2.6%) bringing the stock to $82.04. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 16.04 points or roughly accounting for 23.6% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Nike ended the day at 6.2 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.2 million shares.

Nike has a market cap of $54.44 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and consumer non-durables industry. Shares are up 1.6% year-to-date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.2%.

NIKE, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, markets, and sells athletic footwear, apparel, equipment, and accessories for men, women, and kids worldwide.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nike 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, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

Holding the Dow back today was United Technologies (NYSE: UTX), which lagged the broader Dow index with a 52-cent decline (-0.5%) bringing the stock to $108.70. Volume for United Technologies ended the day at 2.8 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.9 million shares.

United Technologies has a market cap of $99.9 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and aerospace/defense industry. Shares are down 4% year-to-date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.2%.

United Technologies Corporation provides technology products and services to the building systems and aerospace industries worldwide.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Technologies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures 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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