Dow Jones (DJIA) Today: United Technologies (UTX) Leads The Day Higher, McDonald's (MCD) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 93 points (+0.5%) at 18,117 as of Monday, May 4, 2015, 9:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 12.8 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 375.9 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,079 issues advancing vs. 668 declining with 224 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be United Technologies (NYSE: UTX), which is sporting a 98-cent gain (+0.8%) bringing the stock to $116.42. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 7.42 points or roughly accounting for 8% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for United Technologies currently sits at 138,233 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.5 million shares.

United Technologies has a market cap of $101.26 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and aerospace/defense industry. Shares are up 0.4% year-to-date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.3%.

United Technologies Corporation provides technology products and services to building systems and aerospace industries worldwide.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Technologies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Holding back the Dow today is McDonald's (NYSE: MCD), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a $1.30 decline (-1.3%) bringing the stock to $96.50. Volume for McDonald's currently sits at 654,304 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 7.1 million shares.

McDonald's has a market cap of $92.6 billion and is part of the services sector and leisure industry. Shares are up 4.4% year-to-date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.5%.

McDonald's Corporation operates and franchises McDonald's restaurants in the United States, Europe, the Asia/Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, Canada, and Latin America. The company's restaurants offer various food products, soft drinks, coffee, and other beverages.

TheStreet Ratings rates McDonald's as a buy. Among the primary strengths of the company is its expanding profit margins over time. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

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