Dow Today: Cisco Systems (CSCO) Leads The Day Higher, Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 14.0 points at 15,042 as of Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 24.8 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 601.1 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,042 issues advancing vs. 1,384 declining with 195 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Cisco Systems (Nasdaq: CSCO), which is sporting a 14-cent gain (+0.7%) bringing the stock to $20.52. Volume for Cisco Systems currently sits at 1.8 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 36.7 million shares.

Cisco Systems has a market cap of $110.96 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer hardware industry. Shares are up 5.9% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.3%.

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 12, 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.

Holding back the Dow today is Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq: MSFT), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 48-cent decline (-1.4%) bringing the stock to $32.83. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 3.63 points or roughly accounting for 25.9% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Microsoft Corporation currently sits at 4.7 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 51.3 million shares.

Microsoft Corporation has a market cap of $281.85 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are up 26.4% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.7%.

Microsoft Corporation develops, licenses, and supports software products and services; and designs and sells hardware worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.4, 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 increase in net income. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

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