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Dow Today: Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Leads The Day Higher, Coca-Cola (KO) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI) is trading down 14.0 points at 16,140 as of Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 22.7 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 379 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,831 issues advancing vs. 933 declining with 229 unchanged.

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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq:MSFT), which is sporting a 28-cent gain (+0.8%) bringing the stock to $37.63. Volume for Microsoft Corporation currently sits at 2.4 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 40.2 million shares.

Microsoft Corporation has a market cap of $312.27 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are up 0.6% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3%.

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 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 Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a $1.15 decline (-3%) bringing the stock to $37.78. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 8.7 points or roughly accounting for 62.1% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Coca-Cola currently sits at three million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 14.7 million shares.

Coca-Cola has a market cap of $171.91 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and food & beverage industry. Shares are down 5.8% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.9%.

The Coca-Cola Company, a beverage company, engages in the manufacture, marketing, and sale of nonalcoholic beverages worldwide. The company primarily offers sparkling beverages and still beverages.

TheStreet Ratings rates Coca-Cola as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and increase in net income. 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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