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. The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 66 points (+0.5%) at 13,560 as of Thursday, Oct 4, 2012, 11:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 289.3 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 578.3 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,637 issues advancing vs. 1,238 declining with 153 unchanged.
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Holding back the Dow today is Intel (Nasdaq: INTC), which is lagging the broader Dow index with an 18-cent decline (-0.8%) bringing the stock to $22.37. Volume for Intel currently sits at 24.5 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 40.3 million shares. Intel has a market cap of $114.27 billion and is part of the technology sector and electronics industry. Shares are down 7% year to date as of Wednesday'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 9.7, 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.