Dow Today: Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) Leads The Day Higher, Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 7.0 points at 15,075 as of Friday, May 10, 2013, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 18 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 600.7 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,482 issues advancing vs. 969 declining with 194 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ), which is sporting a 20-cent gain (+0.9%) bringing the stock to $21.38. Volume for Hewlett-Packard currently sits at 340,103 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 24.4 million shares.

Hewlett-Packard has a market cap of $40.96 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer hardware industry. Shares are up 48.6% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.5%.

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 generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and deteriorating net income.

Holding back the Dow today is Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq: MSFT), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 16-cent decline (-0.5%) bringing the stock to $32.50. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 1.21 points or roughly accounting for 17.3% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Microsoft Corporation currently sits at 2.1 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 51.1 million shares.

Microsoft Corporation has a market cap of $275.5 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are up 23.5% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.8%.

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, 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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