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.

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