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Dow Today: Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) Leads The Day Higher, Pfizer (PFE) Lags

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 down 60.0 points (-0.4%) at 14,758 as of Tuesday, Apr 30, 2013, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 31.9 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 603.8 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,125 issues advancing vs. 1,251 declining with 214 unchanged.

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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ), which is sporting a 17-cent gain (+0.8%) bringing the stock to $20.67. Volume for Hewlett-Packard currently sits at 562,462 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 25.2 million shares.

Hewlett-Packard has a market cap of $38.08 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer hardware industry. Shares are up 40.1% year to date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.7%.

Hewlett-Packard Company and its subsidiaries provide products, technologies, software, solutions, and services to individual consumers, small-and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), and large enterprises, including customers in the government, health, and education sectors worldwide.

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

Holding back the Dow today is Pfizer (NYSE:PFE), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a $1.14 decline (-3.8%) bringing the stock to $29.29. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 8.63 points or roughly accounting for 14.4% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Pfizer currently sits at 7.2 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 31.6 million shares.

Pfizer has a market cap of $217.44 billion and is part of the health care sector and drugs industry. Shares are up 20% year to date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.2%.

Pfizer Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, discovers, develops, manufactures, and sells medicines for people and animals worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 24, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Pfizer 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, compelling growth in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

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