Dow Today: Cisco Systems (CSCO) Leads The Day Higher, McDonald's Corporation (MCD) Lags - TheStreet

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The

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) is trading down 95.0 points (-0.7%) at 13,390 as of Friday, Sep 28, 2012, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 35.1 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 578.9 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 654 issues advancing vs. 2,051 declining with 147 unchanged.

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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be

Cisco Systems

(Nasdaq:

CSCO

), which is sporting a 36-cent gain (+1.9%) bringing the stock to $19.15. Volume for Cisco Systems currently sits at 5.5 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 40.6 million shares.

Cisco Systems has a market cap of $98.26 billion and is part of the

technology

sector and

computer hardware

industry. Shares are up 2.7% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3%.

Cisco Systems, Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells Internet protocol (IP)-based networking and other products related to the communications and information technology industry worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.5, equal to the average computer hardware industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cisco Systems as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

Holding back the Dow today is

McDonald's Corporation

(NYSE:

MCD

), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a $2.19 decline (-2.4%) bringing the stock to $91.08. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 16.57 points or roughly accounting for 17.4% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for McDonald's Corporation currently sits at 1.1 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.4 million shares.

McDonald's Corporation has a market cap of $93.99 billion and is part of the

services

sector and

leisure

industry. Shares are down 7% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.3%.

McDonald's Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, franchises and operates McDonald's restaurants primarily in the United States, Europe, the Asia Pacific, the Middle East, and Africa. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.5, equal to the average leisure industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates McDonald's 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, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

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