Dow Jones (DJIA) Today: Cisco Systems (CSCO) Leads The Day Higher, Travelers Companies (TRV) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 22.0 points (-0.1%) at 18,169 as of Monday, May 11, 2015, 9:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 16.5 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 368.8 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,478 issues advancing vs. 1,227 declining with 241 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Cisco Systems (Nasdaq: CSCO), which is sporting a 50-cent gain (+1.7%) bringing the stock to $29.72. Volume for Cisco Systems currently sits at 2.3 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 27.5 million shares.

Cisco Systems has a market cap of $147.04 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer hardware industry. Shares are up 3.6% year-to-date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.9%.

Cisco Systems, Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells Internet Protocol (IP) based networking products and services related to the communications and information technology industry worldwide.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cisco Systems as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and increase in net income. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

Holding back the Dow today is Travelers Companies (NYSE: TRV), which is lagging the broader Dow index with an 81-cent decline (-0.8%) bringing the stock to $102.92. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 6.13 points or roughly accounting for 27.9% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Travelers Companies currently sits at 289,406 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of two million shares.

Travelers Companies has a market cap of $32.69 billion and is part of the financial sector and insurance industry. Shares are down 3.1% year-to-date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.4%.

The Travelers Companies, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides a range of commercial and personal property, and casualty insurance products and services to businesses, government units, associations, and individuals in the Unites states and internationally.

TheStreet Ratings rates Travelers Companies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance and attractive valuation levels. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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