Dow Today: Intel (INTC) Leads The Day Higher, Walt Disney (DIS) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 23.0 points (-0.2%) at 12,788 as of Friday, Nov 9, 2012, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 36.8 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 582.1 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,107 issues advancing vs. 1,590 declining with 156 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Intel (Nasdaq: INTC), which is sporting a 16-cent gain (+0.8%) bringing the stock to $20.99. Volume for Intel currently sits at 1.6 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 47.5 million shares.

Intel has a market cap of $104.05 billion and is part of the technology sector and electronics industry. Shares are down 13.8% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 4.3%.

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 9.1, 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.

Holding back the Dow today is Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a $3.12 decline (-6.2%) bringing the stock to $46.92. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 23.61 points or roughly accounting for 102.7% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Walt Disney currently sits at 3.4 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 7.9 million shares.

Walt Disney has a market cap of $89.86 billion and is part of the services sector and media industry. Shares are up 33.5% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.2%.

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an entertainment company worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Walt Disney as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

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