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The

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) closed down 31.0 points (-0.2%) at 13,172. During the day, 506 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 1,175 issues advancing vs. 1,814 declining with 116 unchanged.

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The Dow component that led the way higher today was

United Technologies

(NYSE:

UTX

), which sported a 39-cent gain (+0.5%) bringing the stock to $79.66. Volume for United Technologies ended the day at 3.6 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 4.1 million shares.

United Technologies has a market cap of $70.65 billion and is part of the

conglomerates

sector and

conglomerates

industry. Shares are up 10% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.7%.

United Technologies Corporation provides technology products and services to the building systems and aerospace industries worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.5, equal to the average conglomerates industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Technologies as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations, notable return on equity, increase in stock price during the past year and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Holding the Dow back today was

International Business Machines

(NYSE:

IBM

), which lagged the broader Dow index with a $1.40 decline (-0.7%) bringing the stock to $197.25. This single loss lowered the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 10.6 points or roughly accounting for 34.2% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for International Business Machines ended the day at 3.3 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 9.4% year to date as of Tuesday'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 14.6, above 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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