Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model

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The

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) is trading down 142.0 points (-1%) at 13,406 as of Friday, Oct 19, 2012, 11:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 330 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 567.2 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 617 issues advancing vs. 2,275 declining with 115 unchanged.

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Holding back the Dow today is

Microsoft Corporation

(Nasdaq:

MSFT

), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 74-cent decline (-2.5%) bringing the stock to $28.75. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 5.6 points or roughly accounting for 3.9% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Microsoft Corporation currently sits at 44.2 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 39.4 million shares.

Microsoft Corporation has a market cap of $249.47 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are up 13.6% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.1%.

Microsoft Corporation develops, licenses, and supports software products and services; and designs and sells hardware worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.8, 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, reasonable 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 sub par growth in net income.

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