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

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed up 46 points (+0.3%) at 18,070. During the day, 287.8 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 closed at 1,781 issues advancing vs. 1,286 declining with 145 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Goldman Sachs Group (NYSE: GS), which sported a $1.77 gain (+0.9%) bringing the stock to $199.30. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 13.4 points or roughly accounting for 29.1% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Goldman Sachs Group ended the day at 1.6 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 2.5 million shares.

Goldman Sachs Group has a market cap of $84.93 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are up 1.9% year-to-date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.3%.

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. operates as an investment banking, securities, and investment management company worldwide. The company operates through four segments: Investment Banking, Institutional Client Services, Investing & Lending, and Investment Management.

TheStreet Ratings rates Goldman Sachs Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and attractive valuation levels. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

Holding the Dow back today was Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT), which lagged the broader Dow index with a 42-cent decline (-0.8%) bringing the stock to $48.24. Volume for Microsoft ended the day at 33.5 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 38 million shares.

Microsoft has a market cap of $393.48 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are up 4.8% year-to-date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.5%.

Microsoft Corporation develops, licenses, markets, and supports software, services, and devices worldwide. The company's Devices and Consumer (D&C) Licensing segment licenses Windows operating system and related software; Microsoft Office for consumers; and Windows Phone operating system.

TheStreet Ratings rates Microsoft as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

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