The Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEX: ^DJI) declined for the fifth straight day today, losing just over a half of a percentage point. Once again, Europe was the main culprit behind the sell-off, as Greek elections over the weekend raised the prospects of political gridlock in the country.

But while the Dow had a rough day, some blue chips bucked that trend and finished in the green. Here are the Dow's top three gainers today:

Company

Percent Change Today

Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS)1.10
Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ)0.28
Merck (NYSE: MRK)0.23

Check out the following video for more insight on the Dow's drop and why these three Dow stocks outperformed the market today.

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