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The

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) is trading up 42 points (+0.2%) at 17,429 as of Wednesday, Jan 28, 2015, 11:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 174.5 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 339.4 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,073 issues advancing vs. 1,889 declining with 149 unchanged.

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Holding back the Dow today is

Microsoft

(Nasdaq:

TheStreet Recommends

MSFT

), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 64-cent decline (-1.5%) bringing the stock to $42.02. Volume for Microsoft currently sits at 29.4 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 29.3 million shares.

Microsoft has a market cap of $387.5 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are down 8.2% year-to-date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.6%.

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 solid stock price performance, revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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