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The

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) is trading down 186.0 points (-1.2%) at 15,662 as of Friday, Jan 31, 2014, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 24.8 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 366.7 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 389 issues advancing vs. 2,386 declining with 177 unchanged.

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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be

Microsoft Corporation

(Nasdaq:

MSFT

), which is sporting a 66-cent gain (+1.8%) bringing the stock to $37.52. Volume for Microsoft Corporation currently sits at six million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 40.5 million shares.

Microsoft Corporation has a market cap of $304.3 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are down 2% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.1%.

Microsoft Corporation (Microsoft) develops, licenses, and supports software, services, and hardware devices worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.6, 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, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

Holding back the Dow today is

Chevron

(NYSE:

CVX

), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a $3.63 decline (-3.1%) bringing the stock to $112.82. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 27.47 points or roughly accounting for 14.8% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Chevron currently sits at 912,613 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.7 million shares.

Chevron has a market cap of $223.09 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are down 6.8% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.5%.

Chevron Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in petroleum, chemicals, mining, power generation, and energy operations worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Upstream and Downstream. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chevron 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 increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

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