Dow Jones (DJIA) Today: AT&T (T) Leads The Day Higher, Procter & Gamble (PG) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 51 points (+0.3%) at 18,170 as of Tuesday, Jun 23, 2015, 9:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 15 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 344.4 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,446 issues advancing vs. 1,269 declining with 262 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be AT&T (NYSE: T), which is sporting a 71-cent gain (+2%) bringing the stock to $35.75. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 5.37 points or roughly accounting for 10.5% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for AT&T currently sits at 4.4 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 30 million shares.

AT&T has a market cap of $181.7 billion and is part of the technology sector and telecommunications industry. Shares are up 4.3% year-to-date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 5.4%.

AT&T Inc. provides telecommunications services in the United States and internationally. The company operates through two segments, Wireless and Wireline.

TheStreet Ratings rates AT&T as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

Holding back the Dow today is Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 38-cent decline (-0.5%) bringing the stock to $80.07. Volume for Procter & Gamble currently sits at 277,769 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 7.9 million shares.

Procter & Gamble has a market cap of $218.5 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and consumer non-durables industry. Shares are down 11.7% year-to-date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.3%.

The Procter & Gamble Company, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells branded consumer packaged goods. The company operates through five segments: Beauty; Grooming; Health Care; Fabric Care and Home Care; and Baby, Feminine and Family Care.

TheStreet Ratings rates Procter & Gamble as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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