Dow Jones (DJIA) Today: 3M (MMM) Leads The Day Higher, Goldman Sachs Group (GS) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed down 2.0 points at 17,764. During the day, 287.9 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 359.6 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,082 issues advancing vs. 1,979 declining with 149 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was 3M (NYSE: MMM), which sported a 39-cent gain (+0.3%) bringing the stock to $156.98. Volume for 3M ended the day at 1.8 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 2.3 million shares.

3M has a market cap of $99.64 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. Shares are down 4.7% year-to-date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.6%.

3M Company operates as a diversified technology company worldwide.

TheStreet Ratings rates 3M as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

Holding the Dow back today was Goldman Sachs Group (NYSE: GS), which lagged the broader Dow index with a 77-cent decline (-0.4%) bringing the stock to $209.02. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 5.83 points or roughly accounting for 291.5% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Goldman Sachs Group ended the day at 2.3 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 2.5 million shares.

Goldman Sachs Group has a market cap of $90.92 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are up 8.6% year-to-date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.2%.

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 no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

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