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 59 points (+0.4%) at 14,514 as of Thursday, Mar 14, 2013, 10:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 128.1 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 618.7 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,756 issues advancing vs. 1,051 declining with 128 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq: MSFT), which is sporting a 10-cent gain (+0.3%) bringing the stock to $28.01. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 0.76 points or roughly accounting for 1.3% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Microsoft Corporation currently sits at 17.7 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 46.4 million shares. Microsoft Corporation has a market cap of $233.78 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are up 4.5% year to date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.3%. Microsoft Corporation develops, licenses, and supports software products and services; and designs and sells hardware worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. 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.