Dow Jones (DJIA) Today: Home Depot (HD) Leads The Day Higher, Goldman Sachs Group (GS) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed down 37.0 points (-0.2%) at 18,068. During the day, 320.1 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 368.4 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,378 issues advancing vs. 1,687 declining with 136 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Home Depot (NYSE: HD), which sported a 62-cent gain (+0.6%) bringing the stock to $112.52. Volume for Home Depot ended the day at four million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of five million shares.

Home Depot has a market cap of $146.03 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are up 7.1% year-to-date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.1%.

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, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

Holding the Dow back today was Goldman Sachs Group (NYSE: GS), which lagged the broader Dow index with a $1.20 decline (-0.6%) bringing the stock to $200.53. This single loss lowered the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 9.08 points or roughly accounting for 24.5% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Goldman Sachs Group ended the day at 2.2 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 2.4 million shares.

Goldman Sachs Group has a market cap of $86.62 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are up 3.4% year-to-date as of Monday'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.

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