Dow Jones (DJIA) Today: International Business Machines (IBM) Leads The Day Higher, Nike (NKE) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed up 121 points (+0.7%) at 18,162. During the day, 291.7 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 360.1 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 2,258 issues advancing vs. 813 declining with 141 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM), which sported a $1.87 gain (+1.1%) bringing the stock to $172. This single gain lifted the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 14.15 points or roughly accounting for 11.7% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for International Business Machines ended the day at 2.7 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 4.2 million shares.

International Business Machines has a market cap of $169.59 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are up 6% year-to-date as of Tuesday'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 buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

Holding the Dow back today was Nike (NYSE: NKE), which lagged the broader Dow index with a 57-cent decline (-0.6%) bringing the stock to $102.84. Volume for Nike ended the day at 4.1 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.3 million shares.

Nike has a market cap of $71.24 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and consumer non-durables industry. Shares are up 7.6% year-to-date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.1%.

NIKE, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, markets, and sells athletic footwear, apparel, equipment, and accessories for men, women, and kids worldwide.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nike 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 largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

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