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The

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) is trading down 152.0 points (-0.9%) at 17,264 as of Friday, Jan 30, 2015, 11:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 162.7 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 346.1 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 886 issues advancing vs. 2,130 declining with 126 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 $1.06 decline (-2.5%) bringing the stock to $40.95. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 8.02 points or roughly accounting for 5.3% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Microsoft currently sits at 24.9 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 32.7 million shares.

Microsoft has a market cap of $337.91 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are down 9.6% year-to-date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3%.

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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