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 down 30.0 points (-0.2%) at 14,509 as of Friday, Mar 15, 2013, 11:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 487 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 615.6 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,336 issues advancing vs. 1,504 declining with 150 unchanged.
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Holding back the Dow today is Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq: MSFT), which is lagging the broader Dow index with an eight-cent decline (-0.3%) bringing the stock to $28.05. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 0.61 points or roughly accounting for 2% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Microsoft Corporation currently sits at 45.3 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 46.1 million shares. Microsoft Corporation has a market cap of $233.82 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are up 5.3% year to date as of Thursday'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.