The

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) is trading down 82 points (-0.6%) at 12,578 as of Monday, Jan 30, 2012, 12:35 p.m. ET. During this time, 352.2 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 818.6 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 804 issues advancing vs. 2,103 declining with 121 unchanged.

The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be

Microsoft Corporation

(Nasdaq:

MSFT

), which is sporting a 24-cent gain (+0.8%) bringing the stock to $29.47. Volume for Microsoft Corporation currently sits at 23.2 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 55.1 million shares.

Microsoft Corporation has a market cap of $246.19 billion and is part of the

technology

sector and

computer software & services

industry. Shares are up 12.6% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.7%.

Microsoft Corporation develops, licenses, and supports a range of software products and services for various computing devices worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.7, equal to the average computer software & services industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Microsoft 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, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Holding back the Dow today is

Bank of America Corporation

(NYSE:

BAC

), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 22-cent decline (-3%) bringing the stock to $7.07. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 1.67 points or roughly accounting for 2% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Bank of America Corporation currently sits at 134.8 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 271.9 million shares.

Bank of America Corporation has a market cap of $73.89 billion and is part of the

financial

sector and

banking

industry. Shares are up 31.1% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 0.5%.

Bank of America Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides banking and financial services to individuals, small- and middle-market businesses, corporations, and governments primarily in the United States and internationally. The company has a P/E ratio of 730, above the average banking industry P/E ratio of 729 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Bank of America Corporation as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally weak debt management and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

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