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Dow Today: Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) Leads The Day Higher, Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI) is trading up seven points at 15,017 as of Monday, Aug 26, 2013, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 17.4 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 546.8 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,387 issues advancing vs. 1,034 declining with 224 unchanged.

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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ), which is sporting a 12-cent gain (+0.5%) bringing the stock to $22.52. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 0.91 points or roughly accounting for 13% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Hewlett-Packard currently sits at 532,175 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 15.6 million shares.

Hewlett-Packard has a market cap of $42.85 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer hardware industry. Shares are up 57.2% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.6%.

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 hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity.

Holding back the Dow today is Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq:MSFT), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 50-cent decline (-1.4%) bringing the stock to $34.25. Volume for Microsoft Corporation currently sits at 4.8 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 45.4 million shares.

Microsoft Corporation has a market cap of $269.81 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are up 21.3% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.8%.

Microsoft Corporation (Microsoft) develops, licenses, and supports software, services, and hardware devices worldwide.

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, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

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