Dow Jones (DJIA) Today: McDonald's (MCD) Leads The Day Higher, Visa (V) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 37.0 points (-0.2%) at 18,078 as of Friday, Jun 19, 2015, 9:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 101.8 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 341.8 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,098 issues advancing vs. 1,619 declining with 229 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be McDonald's (NYSE: MCD), which is sporting a 64-cent gain (+0.7%) bringing the stock to $96.81. Volume for McDonald's currently sits at 1.7 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.2 million shares.

McDonald's has a market cap of $91.27 billion and is part of the services sector and leisure industry. Shares are up 1.6% year-to-date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.6%.

McDonald's Corporation operates and franchises McDonald's restaurants in the United States, Europe, the Asia/Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, Canada, and Latin America. The company's restaurants offer various food products, soft drinks, coffee, and other beverages.

TheStreet Ratings rates McDonald's as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

Holding back the Dow today is Visa (NYSE: V), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 48-cent decline (-0.7%) bringing the stock to $69.02. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 3.63 points or roughly accounting for 9.8% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Visa currently sits at two million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 7.2 million shares.

Visa has a market cap of $134.57 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are up 6% year-to-date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 0.7%.

Visa Inc., a payments technology company, operates as a retail electronic payments network worldwide. The company facilitates commerce through the transfer of value and information among financial institutions, merchants, consumers, businesses, and government entities.

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

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