Dow Jones (DJIA) Today: Visa (V) Leads The Day Higher, 3M (MMM) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed down 3.0 points at 17,814. During the day, 310.2 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 328.8 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,647 issues advancing vs. 1,422 declining with 155 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Visa (NYSE: V), which sported a $2.64 gain (+1%) bringing the stock to $257.26. Volume for Visa ended the day at 3.1 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 2.9 million shares.

Visa has a market cap of $125.78 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are up 14.3% 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, 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 3M (NYSE: MMM), which lagged the broader Dow index with a $1.82 decline (-1.1%) bringing the stock to $158.06. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 13.77 points or roughly accounting for 459% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for 3M ended the day at 3.5 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 2.7 million shares.

3M has a market cap of $102.63 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. Shares are up 14% year-to-date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.1%.

3M Company operates as a diversified technology company worldwide.

TheStreet Ratings rates 3M as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and notable return on equity. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

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