Dow Jones (DJIA) Today: 3M (MMM) Leads The Day Higher, Home Depot (HD) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed up 33 points (+0.2%) at 17,912. During the day, 322.4 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 335.2 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 2,029 issues advancing vs. 1,082 declining with 111 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was 3M (NYSE: MMM), which sported a $2.44 gain (+1.5%) bringing the stock to $160.60. This single gain lifted the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 18.47 points or roughly accounting for 56% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for 3M ended the day at 2.5 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 2.8 million shares.

3M has a market cap of $102.59 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. Shares are up 12.8% 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.

Holding the Dow back today was Home Depot (NYSE: HD), which lagged the broader Dow index with a 25-cent decline (-0.3%) bringing the stock to $98.16. Volume for Home Depot ended the day at 4.7 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.4 million shares.

Home Depot has a market cap of $130.99 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are up 20.1% year-to-date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.9%.

The Home Depot, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer.

TheStreet Ratings rates Home Depot as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

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