Dow Jones (DJIA) Today: Coca-Cola (KO) Leads The Day Higher, Visa (V) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed down 107.0 points (-0.6%) at 17,172. During the day, 279.6 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 293.6 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 510 issues advancing vs. 2,564 declining with 129 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO), which sported a 17-cent gain (+0.4%) bringing the stock to $42.22. Volume for Coca-Cola ended the day at 11.5 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 12.9 million shares.

Coca-Cola has a market cap of $183.29 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and food & beverage industry. Shares are up 1.8% year-to-date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.9%.

The Coca-Cola Company, a beverage company, manufactures and distributes coke, diet coke, and other soft drinks worldwide. The company primarily offers nonalcoholic beverages, including sparkling beverages and still beverages.

TheStreet Ratings rates Coca-Cola as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, reasonable valuation levels, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

Holding the Dow back today was Visa (NYSE: V), which lagged the broader Dow index with a $2.37 decline (-1.1%) bringing the stock to $213.88. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 17.94 points or roughly accounting for 16.8% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Visa ended the day at 2.2 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 2.4 million shares.

Visa has a market cap of $107.09 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are down 2.9% year-to-date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 0.7%.

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 increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

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