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Dow Jones Industrial Average



) is trading up five points at 16,172 as of Thursday, Dec 19, 2013, 12:35 p.m. ET. During this time, 164 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 370.5 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,141 issues advancing vs. 1,810 declining with 154 unchanged.

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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be

International Business Machines


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), which is sporting a $1.07 gain (+0.6%) bringing the stock to $179.77. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 8.1 points or roughly accounting for 162% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for International Business Machines currently sits at 2.9 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.1 million shares.

International Business Machines has a market cap of $190.85 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are down 6.7% year to date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.2%.

International Business Machines Corporation provides information technology (IT) products and services worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates International Business Machines as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

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