Dow Today: Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) Higher

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 32 points (+0.2%) at 13,376 as of Thursday, Oct 11, 2012, 11:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 219.4 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 574.9 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,294 issues advancing vs. 618 declining with 114 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ), which is sporting a 10-cent gain (+0.7%) bringing the stock to $14.28. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 0.76 points or roughly accounting for 2.4% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Hewlett-Packard currently sits at 16 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 25.7 million shares.

Hewlett-Packard has a market cap of $28.25 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer hardware industry. Shares are down 45% year to date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.7%.

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.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hewlett-Packard as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow, poor profit margins and generally high debt management risk.

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