Dow Jones (DJIA) Today: Visa (V) Leads The Day Higher, Goldman Sachs Group (GS) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed down 2.0 points at 17,612. During the day, 273.1 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 328 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,686 issues advancing vs. 1,421 declining with 120 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Visa (NYSE: V), which sported a $2.70 gain (+1.1%) bringing the stock to $251.95. Volume for Visa ended the day at 2.7 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 2.9 million shares.

Visa has a market cap of $123.8 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are up 12.2% year-to-date as of Tuesday'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, expanding profit margins, notable return on equity 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 Goldman Sachs Group (NYSE: GS), which lagged the broader Dow index with a $1.70 decline (-0.9%) bringing the stock to $190.18. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 12.87 points or roughly accounting for 643.5% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Goldman Sachs Group ended the day at 2.3 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 2.9 million shares.

Goldman Sachs Group has a market cap of $83.54 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are up 8.3% year-to-date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.3%.

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, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

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