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Dow Today: Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Leads The Day Higher, International Business Machines (IBM) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI) closed down 127.0 points (-0.8%) at 14,995. During the day, 521.3 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 600.8 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 588 issues advancing vs. 2,501 declining with 70 unchanged.

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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq:MSFT), which sported a 16-cent gain (+0.5%) bringing the stock to $35. Volume for Microsoft Corporation ended the day at 37.2 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 53.8 million shares.

Microsoft Corporation has a market cap of $296.21 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are up 32.8% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.6%.

Microsoft Corporation develops, licenses, and supports software products and services; and designs and sells hardware worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Microsoft Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, increase in stock price during the past year, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

Holding the Dow back today was International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM), which lagged the broader Dow index with a $2.78 decline (-1.4%) bringing the stock to $201.20. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 21.04 points or roughly accounting for 16.6% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for International Business Machines ended the day at 3.4 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 4.2 million shares.

International Business Machines has a market cap of $227.33 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are up 6.5% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.9%.

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 14.2, 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 notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share, 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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