Dow Today: Intel (INTC) Leads The Day Higher, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 33.0 points (-0.2%) at 15,182 as of Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 26.4 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 596.6 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 858 issues advancing vs. 1,637 declining with 191 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Intel (Nasdaq: INTC), which is sporting an 18-cent gain (+0.8%) bringing the stock to $24.02. Volume for Intel currently sits at 3.3 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 44.9 million shares.

Intel has a market cap of $119.7 billion and is part of the technology sector and electronics industry. Shares are up 16.8% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.7%.

Intel Corporation designs, manufactures, and sells integrated digital technology platforms worldwide. The company operates through PC Client Group, Data Center Group, Other Intel Architecture, Software and Services, and All Other segments. The company has a P/E ratio of 12, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Intel as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

Holding back the Dow today is Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 28-cent decline (-1.4%) bringing the stock to $21.23. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 2.19 points or roughly accounting for 6.6% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Hewlett-Packard currently sits at 839,785 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 24.7 million shares.

Hewlett-Packard has a market cap of $41.5 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer hardware industry. Shares are up 51% year to date as of Tuesday'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.

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