Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model

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The

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) is trading up 77 points (+0.6%) at 13,077 as of Friday, Aug 31, 2012, 12:35 p.m. ET. During this time, 237.4 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 606.1 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,884 issues advancing vs. 969 declining with 147 unchanged.

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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be

Hewlett-Packard

(NYSE:

HPQ

), which is sporting a 13-cent gain (+0.8%) bringing the stock to $16.91. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 0.98 points or roughly accounting for 1.3% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Hewlett-Packard currently sits at 10.9 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 19.9 million shares.

Hewlett-Packard has a market cap of $33.4 billion and is part of the

technology

sector and

computer hardware

industry. Shares are down 34.9% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.1%.

Hewlett-Packard Company and its subsidiaries provide products, technologies, software, solutions, and services to individual consumers and small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), as well as to the government, health, and education sectors worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hewlett-Packard as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow, generally high debt management risk and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

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