The

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) closed down 161.0 points (-1.3%) at 12,419. During the day, 619.7 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 728.1 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 397 issues advancing vs. 2,625 declining with 92 unchanged.

The Dow component that led the way higher today was

Intel

(Nasdaq:

INTC

), which sported a four-cent gain (+0.1%) bringing the stock to $26.13. Volume for Intel ended the day at 32.7 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 36.8 million shares.

Intel has a market cap of $129.5 billion and is part of the

technology

sector and

electronics

industry. Shares are up 7.6% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.3%.

Intel Corporation designs, manufactures, and sells integrated digital technology platforms primarily in the Asia-Pacific, the Americas, Europe, and Japan. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.9, equal to the average electronics industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Intel 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 solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Holding the Dow back today was

International Business Machines

(NYSE:

IBM

), which lagged the broader Dow index with a $1.93 decline (-1%) bringing the stock to $194.53. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 14.61 points or roughly accounting for 9.1% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for International Business Machines ended the day at 3.5 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of four million shares.

International Business Machines has a market cap of $224.12 billion and is part of the

technology

sector and

computer hardware

industry. Shares are up 5.7% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.7%.

International Business Machines Corporation provides information technology (IT) products and services worldwide. The company operates in five segments: Global Technology Services, Global Business Services, Software, Systems and Technology, and Global Financing. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.5, 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 International Business Machines as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated.

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