Dow Today: International Business Machines (IBM) Leads The Day Higher, United Technologies (UTX) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed up 112 points (+0.8%) at 14,559. During the day, 493.7 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 closed at 2,061 issues advancing vs. 921 declining with 118 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM), which sported a $1.62 gain (+0.8%) bringing the stock to $212.36. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 12.26 points or roughly accounting for 10.9% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for International Business Machines ended the day at 2.3 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.8 million shares.

International Business Machines has a market cap of $236.37 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer hardware industry. Shares are up 10% year to date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.6%.

International Business Machines Corporation provides information technology (IT) products and services worldwide. The company operates in five segments: Global Technology Services, Global Business Services, Software, Systems and Technology, and Global Financing. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates International Business Machines as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

Holding the Dow back today was United Technologies (NYSE: UTX), which lagged the broader Dow index with a 15-cent decline (-0.2%) bringing the stock to $92.65. Volume for United Technologies ended the day at 2.9 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.6 million shares.

United Technologies has a market cap of $85.94 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and aerospace/defense industry. Shares are up 13.2% year to date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.3%.

United Technologies Corporation provides technology products and services to the building systems and aerospace industries worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Technologies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

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