Dow Component Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) To Go Ex-dividend Tuesday

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 14 points (+0.1%) at 13,987 as of Friday, Feb 15, 2013, 10:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 191.5 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 619.1 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,395 issues advancing vs. 1,360 declining with 187 unchanged.
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Tuesday, February 19, 2013 is the ex-dividend date for Dow component Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq: MSFT). Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 23 cents per share. At a price of $28.01 as of 10:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3.3% compared to the average Dow component yield of 2.7%.

The average volume for Microsoft Corporation has been 51.2 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Microsoft Corporation has a market cap of $234.79 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are up 4.9% year to date as of Thursday's close.

Microsoft Corporation develops, licenses, and supports software products and services; and designs and sells hardware worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.4, above the average computer software & services industry P/E ratio of 15.2.
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TheStreet Ratings rates Microsoft Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, 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 lackluster performance in the stock itself.

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