Dow Jones (DJIA) Today: Goldman Sachs Group (GS) Leads The Day Higher, International Business Machines (IBM) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed down 86.0 points (-0.5%) at 18,105. During the day, 289.8 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 closed at 1,084 issues advancing vs. 1,986 declining with 133 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Goldman Sachs Group (NYSE: GS), which sported a $1.23 gain (+0.6%) bringing the stock to $201.73. Volume for Goldman Sachs Group ended the day at 1.9 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 2.4 million shares.

Goldman Sachs Group has a market cap of $85.28 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are up 3.4% 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 International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM), which lagged the broader Dow index with a $1.56 decline (-0.9%) bringing the stock to $171.12. This single loss lowered the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 11.81 points or roughly accounting for 13.7% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for International Business Machines ended the day at 2.6 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 4.4 million shares.

International Business Machines has a market cap of $168.38 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are up 6.6% year-to-date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3%.

International Business Machines Corporation provides information technology (IT) products and services worldwide.

TheStreet Ratings rates International Business Machines as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and generally higher debt management risk.

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