Dow Today: International Business Machines (IBM) Higher

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 64.0 points (-0.5%) at 12,913 as of Monday, Mar 5, 2012, 11:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 268.1 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 894 issues advancing vs. 1,977 declining with 131 unchanged.

The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM), which is sporting a 25-cent gain (+0.1%) bringing the stock to $199.06. Volume for International Business Machines currently sits at four million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.1 million shares.

International Business Machines has a market cap of $226.21 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer hardware industry. Shares are up 8.1% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.5%.

International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) provides information technology (IT) products and services worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.1, above the average computer hardware industry P/E ratio of 14.7 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 revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated.
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