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The

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) is trading down 2.0 points at 17,749 as of Thursday, Jul 30, 2015, 12:36 p.m. ET. During this time, 140.8 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 331.1 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,411 issues advancing vs. 1,531 declining with 189 unchanged.

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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be

Microsoft

(Nasdaq:

MSFT

), which is sporting a 65-cent gain (+1.4%) bringing the stock to $46.94. Volume for Microsoft currently sits at 16.6 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 31.2 million shares.

Microsoft has a market cap of $366.78 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are down 0.3% year-to-date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.7%.

Microsoft Corporation develops, licenses, markets, and supports software, services, and devices worldwide. The company's Devices and Consumer (D&C) Licensing segment licenses Windows operating system and related software; Microsoft Office for consumers; and Windows Phone operating system.

TheStreet Ratings rates Microsoft as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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