Dow Today: Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) Higher

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 22 points (+0.2%) at 12,810 as of Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012, 11:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 230.8 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 615.8 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,635 issues advancing vs. 1,204 declining with 167 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ), which is sporting a 28-cent gain (+2.5%) bringing the stock to $12. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 2.19 points or roughly accounting for 10% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Hewlett-Packard currently sits at 37.4 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 26.9 million shares.

Hewlett-Packard has a market cap of $26.15 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer hardware industry. Shares are down 54.5% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 4%.

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. The company has a P/E ratio of -4.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

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, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and generally high debt management risk.

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