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

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed up 155 points (+0.9%) at 17,210. During the day, 290.9 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 298.5 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,794 issues advancing vs. 1,244 declining with 169 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Goldman Sachs Group (NYSE: GS), which sported a $2.72 gain (+1.5%) bringing the stock to $187.81. This single gain lifted the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 20.59 points or roughly accounting for 13.3% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Goldman Sachs Group ended the day at 2.8 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 2.5 million shares.

Goldman Sachs Group has a market cap of $81.64 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are up 4.4% year-to-date as of Tuesday'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, increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

Holding the Dow back today was Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM), which lagged the broader Dow index with a 21-cent decline (-0.2%) bringing the stock to $95.82. Volume for Exxon Mobil Corporation ended the day at 12.1 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 9.2 million shares.

Exxon Mobil Corporation has a market cap of $411.71 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are down 5.1% year-to-date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.9%.

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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