Dow Today: Cisco Systems (CSCO) Leads The Day Higher, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 22 points (+0.2%) at 13,932 as of Thursday, Jan 31, 2013, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 21.6 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 635.6 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 989 issues advancing vs. 1,468 declining with 193 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Cisco Systems (Nasdaq: CSCO), which is sporting a 12-cent gain (+0.6%) bringing the stock to $20.70. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 0.91 points or roughly accounting for 4.1% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Cisco Systems currently sits at 1.4 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 40.2 million shares.

Cisco Systems has a market cap of $111.81 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer hardware industry. Shares are up 5.8% year to date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.7%.

Cisco Systems, Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells Internet protocol (IP) based networking and other products related to the communications and information technology industries worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cisco Systems as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

Holding back the Dow today is Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ), which is lagging the broader Dow index with an 18-cent decline (-1.1%) bringing the stock to $16.22. Volume for Hewlett-Packard currently sits at 862,940 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 31.8 million shares.

Hewlett-Packard has a market cap of $33.16 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer hardware industry. Shares are up 15.6% year to date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.2%.

Hewlett-Packard Company and its subsidiaries provide products, technologies, software, solutions, and services to individual consumers, small-and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), and large enterprises, including customers in 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, generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

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