Dow Jones (DJIA) Today: Visa (V) Leads The Day Higher

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed up 100 points (+0.6%) at 17,131. During the day, 277.8 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 295.4 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,961 issues advancing vs. 1,099 declining with 138 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Visa (NYSE: V), which sported a $2.66 gain (+1.2%) bringing the stock to $217.30. This single gain lifted the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 20.13 points or roughly accounting for 20.1% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Visa ended the day at 2.3 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 2.4 million shares.

Visa has a market cap of $105.9 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are down 3.6% year-to-date as of Monday'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.

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