Dow Today: Visa (V) Leads The Day Higher, Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed down 26.0 points (-0.2%) at 17,111. During the day, 244.2 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 296.6 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,156 issues advancing vs. 1,888 declining with 146 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Visa (NYSE: V), which sported a $1.56 gain (+0.7%) bringing the stock to $215.77. Volume for Visa ended the day at 2.6 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 2.4 million shares.

Visa has a market cap of $106.01 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are down 3.8% year-to-date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 0.8%.

Visa Inc., a payments technology company, operates as a retail electronic payments network worldwide. The company facilitates commerce through the transfer of value and information among financial institutions, merchants, consumers, businesses, and government entities.

TheStreet Ratings rates Visa 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, growth in earnings per share, 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 Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM), which lagged the broader Dow index with a $1.49 decline (-1.5%) bringing the stock to $97.77. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 11.28 points or roughly accounting for 43.4% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Exxon Mobil Corporation ended the day at 9.8 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 9.1 million shares.

Exxon Mobil Corporation has a market cap of $419.48 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are down 1.9% year-to-date as of Friday'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.

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