Dow Jones (DJIA) Today: Chevron (CVX) Leads The Day Higher, Cisco Systems (CSCO) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed up 104 points (+0.6%) at 18,119. During the day, 249.4 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 341.9 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,853 issues advancing vs. 1,239 declining with 142 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Chevron (NYSE: CVX), which sported an 82-cent gain (+0.8%) bringing the stock to $100.29. This single gain lifted the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 6.21 points or roughly accounting for 6% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Chevron ended the day at 6.3 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.6 million shares.

Chevron has a market cap of $188.52 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are down 11.3% year-to-date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 4.3%.

Chevron Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in the petroleum, chemicals, and power and energy operations worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Upstream and Downstream.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chevron as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

Holding the Dow back today was Cisco Systems (Nasdaq: CSCO), which lagged the broader Dow index with a nine-cent decline (-0.3%) bringing the stock to $28.94. Volume for Cisco Systems ended the day at 20.1 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 24.4 million shares.

Cisco Systems has a market cap of $148.56 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer hardware industry. Shares are up 4.4% year-to-date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.9%.

Cisco Systems, Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells Internet Protocol (IP) based networking products and services related to the communications and information technology industry worldwide.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cisco Systems as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels and increase in net income. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

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