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Dow Today: Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) Leads The Day Higher, Home Depot (HD) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed down 14.0 points (-0.1%) at 12,951. During the day, 576.9 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 628 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,438 issues advancing vs. 1,529 declining with 148 unchanged.

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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ), which sported a 66-cent gain (+5.1%) bringing the stock to $13.53. Volume for Hewlett-Packard ended the day at 36.3 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 30.3 million shares.

Hewlett-Packard has a market cap of $25.54 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer hardware industry. Shares are down 50% year to date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 4.1%.

Hewlett-Packard Company and its subsidiaries provide products, technologies, software, solutions, and services to individual consumers and small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), as well as to the government, health, and education sectors worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 3.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hewlett-Packard as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

Holding the Dow back today was Home Depot (NYSE: HD), which lagged the broader Dow index with a 74-cent decline (-1.1%) bringing the stock to $64.24. This single loss lowered the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 5.6 points or roughly accounting for 40% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Home Depot ended the day at 7.7 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 8.5 million shares.

Home Depot has a market cap of $97.29 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are up 54.6% year to date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.8%.

The Home Depot, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a home improvement retailer. The company's stores sell building materials, and home improvement and lawn and garden products to do-it-yourself, do-it-for-me (at D-I-F-M), and professional customers. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

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, growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, notable return on equity and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

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