Dow Today: Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Leads The Day Higher, Intel (INTC) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 65 points (+0.5%) at 13,177 as of Tuesday, Nov 6, 2012, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 17.5 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 573.4 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,916 issues advancing vs. 712 declining with 148 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq: MSFT), which is sporting a 27-cent gain (+0.9%) bringing the stock to $29.90. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 2.04 points or roughly accounting for 3.1% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Microsoft Corporation currently sits at 1.7 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 43.4 million shares.

Microsoft Corporation has a market cap of $248.28 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are up 14.1% year to date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.1%.

Microsoft Corporation develops, licenses, and supports software products and services; and designs and sells hardware worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Microsoft Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels, increase in stock price during the past year, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Holding back the Dow today is Intel (Nasdaq: INTC), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 19-cent decline (-0.9%) bringing the stock to $21.65. Volume for Intel currently sits at 3.4 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 45.3 million shares.

Intel has a market cap of $109.77 billion and is part of the technology sector and electronics industry. Shares are down 9.9% year to date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 4.1%.

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 9.6, 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 largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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