The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 50 points (+0.4%) at 12,957 as of Friday, Mar 9, 2012, 10:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 143.3 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 2,241 issues advancing vs. 547 declining with 129 unchanged. Monday, March 12, 2012 is the ex-dividend date for Dow component Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ). Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 12 cents per share. At a price of $24.40 as of 10:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2% compared to the average Dow component yield of 2.7%. technology sector and computer hardware industry. Shares are down 4.3% year to date as of Thursday's close. Hewlett-Packard Company and its subsidiaries provide products, technologies, software, solutions, and services to individual consumers and small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), as well as to the government, health, and education sectors worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.5, below the average computer hardware industry P/E ratio of 8.6 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.
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