Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model. The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 45 points (+0.3%) at 14,341 as of Thursday, Mar 7, 2013, 12:35 p.m. ET. During this time, 282 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 620.2 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,688 issues advancing vs. 1,221 declining with 146 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Cisco Systems (Nasdaq: CSCO), which is sporting an 18-cent gain (+0.8%) bringing the stock to $21.90. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 1.36 points or roughly accounting for 3% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Cisco Systems currently sits at 20.3 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 36.7 million shares. Cisco Systems has a market cap of $113.13 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer hardware industry. Shares are up 8% year to date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.6%. 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 12.2, 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 impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.