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Dow Today: Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Leads The Day Higher, United Technologies (UTX) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI) is trading down 104.0 points (-0.6%) at 16,093 as of Friday, Jan 24, 2014, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 24.6 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 357.6 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 416 issues advancing vs. 2,376 declining with 182 unchanged.

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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq:MSFT), which is sporting a $1.44 gain (+4%) bringing the stock to $37.50. Volume for Microsoft Corporation currently sits at 6.9 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 39.4 million shares.

Microsoft Corporation has a market cap of $299.94 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are down 3.6% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.1%.

Microsoft Corporation (Microsoft) develops, licenses, and supports software, services, and hardware devices worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.5, below 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, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

Holding back the Dow today is United Technologies (NYSE:UTX), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a $1.67 decline (-1.4%) bringing the stock to $113.17. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 12.64 points or roughly accounting for 12.2% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for United Technologies currently sits at 154,469 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 2.7 million shares.

United Technologies has a market cap of $106.55 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. Shares are up 0.9% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2%.

United Technologies Corporation provides technology products and services to the building systems and aerospace industries worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Technologies 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, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

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