Dow Today: AT&T (T) Leads The Day Higher, Intel (INTC) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 51.0 points (-0.4%) at 13,528 as of Monday, Sep 24, 2012, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 32.6 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 578.7 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 896 issues advancing vs. 1,792 declining with 158 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be AT&T (NYSE: T), which is sporting a 23-cent gain (+0.6%) bringing the stock to $38.31. Volume for AT&T currently sits at 1.4 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 24.6 million shares.

AT&T has a market cap of $218.88 billion and is part of the technology sector and telecommunications industry. Shares are up 25.5% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 4.6%.

AT&T Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides telecommunications services to consumers, businesses, and other providers worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 50.6, below the average telecommunications industry P/E ratio of 51.3 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates AT&T as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

Holding back the Dow today is Intel (Nasdaq: INTC), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 40-cent decline (-1.8%) bringing the stock to $22.72. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 3.03 points or roughly accounting for 5.9% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Intel currently sits at 3.3 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 37.6 million shares.

Intel has a market cap of $115.96 billion and is part of the technology sector and electronics industry. Shares are down 4.6% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.9%.

Intel Corporation designs, manufactures, and sells integrated digital technology platforms primarily in the Asia-Pacific, the Americas, Europe, and Japan. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.9, equal to the average electronics industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Intel 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 expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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