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Dow Today: International Business Machines (IBM) Higher

Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 53 points (+0.4%) at 14,382 as of Friday, Mar 8, 2013, 1:35 p.m. ET. During this time, 377.1 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 619.9 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,858 issues advancing vs. 1,052 declining with 143 unchanged.

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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM), which is sporting a 42-cent gain (+0.2%) bringing the stock to $209.84. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 3.18 points or roughly accounting for 6% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for International Business Machines currently sits at 2.2 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.8 million shares.

International Business Machines has a market cap of $232.24 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer hardware industry. Shares are up 9.3% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.6%.

International Business Machines Corporation provides information technology (IT) products and services worldwide. The company operates in five segments: Global Technology Services, Global Business Services, Software, Systems and Technology, and Global Financing. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates International Business Machines as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

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