Dow Today: Boeing (BA) Leads The Day Higher, Cisco Systems (CSCO) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 84 points (+0.6%) at 14,531 as of Tuesday, Mar 26, 2013, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 19.4 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 605.8 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,974 issues advancing vs. 534 declining with 155 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Boeing (NYSE: BA), which is sporting a 95-cent gain (+1.1%) bringing the stock to $85.80. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 7.19 points or roughly accounting for 8.6% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Boeing currently sits at 142,370 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.5 million shares.

Boeing has a market cap of $64.24 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and aerospace/defense industry. Shares are up 12.6% year to date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.3%.

The Boeing Company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the design, development, manufacture, sale, and support of commercial jetliners, military aircraft, satellites, missile defense, human space flight, and launch systems and services worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Boeing as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Holding back the Dow today is Cisco Systems (Nasdaq: CSCO), which is lagging the broader Dow index with an eight-cent decline (-0.4%) bringing the stock to $20.78. Volume for Cisco Systems currently sits at 1.3 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 35.2 million shares.

Cisco Systems has a market cap of $110.64 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer hardware industry. Shares are up 6.1% year to date as of Monday'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 11.9, 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 the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

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