Dow Jones (DJIA) Today: Home Depot (HD) Leads The Day Higher, American Express (AXP) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 130 points (+0.7%) at 18,065 as of Thursday, Jun 18, 2015, 9:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 15.9 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 342.2 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,876 issues advancing vs. 809 declining with 244 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Home Depot (NYSE: HD), which is sporting a $1.43 gain (+1.3%) bringing the stock to $111.90. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 10.82 points or roughly accounting for 8.3% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Home Depot currently sits at 228,330 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 4.7 million shares.

Home Depot has a market cap of $143.19 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are up 5% year-to-date as of Wednesday'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, increase 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.

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