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The

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) closed up 106 points (+0.7%) at 15,409. During the day, 563.1 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 594.8 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,772 issues advancing vs. 1,278 declining with 87 unchanged.

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The Dow component that led the way higher today was

International Business Machines

(NYSE:

IBM

), which sported a $2.06 gain (+1%) bringing the stock to $207.78. This single gain lifted the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 15.59 points or roughly accounting for 14.7% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for International Business Machines ended the day at four million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 4.3 million shares.

International Business Machines has a market cap of $228.1 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are up 7.4% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.8%.

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 14.2, 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 notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

Holding the Dow back today was

AT&T

(NYSE:

T

), which lagged the broader Dow index with a 56-cent decline (-1.6%) bringing the stock to $36.18. Volume for AT&T ended the day at 28.1 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 24.8 million shares.

AT&T has a market cap of $197.72 billion and is part of the technology sector and telecommunications industry. Shares are up 9% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 4.9%.

AT&T Inc. provides telecommunications services to consumers, businesses, and other providers in the United States and internationally. The company operates in three segments: Wireless, Wireline, and Other. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates AT&T as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year and increase in net income. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

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