Dow Today: Travelers Companies (TRV) Leads The Day Higher, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 14.0 points at 14,788 as of Thursday, Apr 11, 2013, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 38.8 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 599.2 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,292 issues advancing vs. 1,122 declining with 210 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Travelers Companies (NYSE: TRV), which is sporting a 53-cent gain (+0.6%) bringing the stock to $85.34. Volume for Travelers Companies currently sits at 62,363 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of two million shares.

Travelers Companies has a market cap of $32.23 billion and is part of the financial sector and insurance industry. Shares are up 18.1% year to date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.2%.

The Travelers Companies, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides various commercial and personal property and casualty insurance products and services to businesses, government units, associations, and individuals primarily in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Travelers Companies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Holding back the Dow today is Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a $1.36 decline (-6.1%) bringing the stock to $20.96. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 10.29 points or roughly accounting for 73.5% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Hewlett-Packard currently sits at 6.1 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 26.7 million shares.

Hewlett-Packard has a market cap of $43.2 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer hardware industry. Shares are up 56.6% year to date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.4%.

Hewlett-Packard Company and its subsidiaries provide products, technologies, software, solutions, and services to individual consumers, small-and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), and large enterprises, including customers in the government, health, and education sectors worldwide.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hewlett-Packard as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

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