Dow Jones (DJIA) Today: Visa (V) Leads The Day Higher, Intel (INTC) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 21.0 points (-0.1%) at 17,050 as of Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014, 9:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 13.9 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 298.3 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 932 issues advancing vs. 1,777 declining with 248 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Visa (NYSE: V), which is sporting a $1.81 gain (+0.9%) bringing the stock to $212.74. Volume for Visa currently sits at 99,577 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 2.4 million shares.

Visa has a market cap of $104.87 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are down 5.3% 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 increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

Holding back the Dow today is Intel (Nasdaq: INTC), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 30-cent decline (-0.9%) bringing the stock to $34.60. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 2.27 points or roughly accounting for 10.8% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Intel currently sits at two million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 30.8 million shares.

Intel has a market cap of $169.62 billion and is part of the technology sector and electronics industry. Shares are up 34.5% year-to-date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.6%.

Intel Corporation designs, manufactures, and sells integrated digital technology platforms worldwide. It operates through PC Client Group, Data Center Group, Other Intel Architecture, Software and Services, and All Other segments.

TheStreet Ratings rates Intel as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance and reasonable valuation levels. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

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