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

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI) is trading down 105.0 points (-0.7%) at 13,904 as of Monday, Feb 4, 2013, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 31.2 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 632.6 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 548 issues advancing vs. 2,005 declining with 169 unchanged.

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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Cisco Systems (Nasdaq:CSCO), which is sporting a 14-cent gain (+0.7%) bringing the stock to $20.96. Volume for Cisco Systems currently sits at 1.8 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 39.8 million shares.

Cisco Systems has a market cap of $109.21 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer hardware industry. Shares are up 4.7% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.7%.

Cisco Systems, Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells Internet protocol (IP) based networking and other products related to the communications and information technology industries worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cisco Systems as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

Holding back the Dow today is Chevron (NYSE:CVX), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a $2.15 decline (-1.9%) bringing the stock to $114.35. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 16.27 points or roughly accounting for 15.5% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Chevron currently sits at 408,575 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of six million shares.

Chevron has a market cap of $225.37 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are up 6.5% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.1%.

Chevron Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in petroleum, chemicals, mining, power generation, and energy operations worldwide. It operates in two segments, Upstream and Downstream. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chevron as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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