Dow Jones (DJIA) Today: Walt Disney (DIS) Leads The Day Higher, 3M (MMM) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed down 107.0 points (-0.6%) at 17,791. During the day, 290.7 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 352.5 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,088 issues advancing vs. 1,992 declining with 136 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS), which sported a 23-cent gain (+0.2%) bringing the stock to $110.18. Volume for Walt Disney ended the day at 4.4 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.8 million shares.

Walt Disney has a market cap of $187.7 billion and is part of the services sector and media industry. Shares are up 16.7% year-to-date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1%.

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an entertainment company worldwide. The company operates in five segments: Media Networks, Parks and Resorts, Studio Entertainment, Consumer Products, and Interactive.

TheStreet Ratings rates Walt Disney as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Holding the Dow back today was 3M (NYSE: MMM), which lagged the broader Dow index with a $2.17 decline (-1.4%) bringing the stock to $155.87. This single loss lowered the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 16.42 points or roughly accounting for 15.3% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for 3M ended the day at 2.3 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 2.3 million shares.

3M has a market cap of $101.41 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. Shares are down 3.8% year-to-date as of Friday'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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