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The

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) closed down 33.0 points (-0.3%) at 13,124. During the day, 424.8 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 661.9 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,418 issues advancing vs. 1,562 declining with 125 unchanged.

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The Dow component that led the way higher today was

McDonald's Corporation

(NYSE:

MCD

), which sported a 62-cent gain (+0.7%) bringing the stock to $89.54. Volume for McDonald's Corporation ended the day at 4.2 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.4 million shares.

McDonald's Corporation has a market cap of $88.27 billion and is part of the

services

sector and

leisure

industry. Shares are down 11.4% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.2%.

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 16.6, above the average leisure industry P/E ratio of 16.4 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 and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

Holding the Dow back today was

International Business Machines

(NYSE:

IBM

), which lagged the broader Dow index with a $2.08 decline (-1.1%) bringing the stock to $195.69. This single loss lowered the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 15.74 points or roughly accounting for 47.7% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for International Business Machines ended the day at 2.4 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 4.1 million shares.

International Business Machines has a market cap of $227.45 billion and is part of the

technology

sector and

computer hardware

industry. Shares are up 7.6% year to date as of Friday'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 14.3, below the average computer hardware industry P/E ratio of 14.5 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 increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. 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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