Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model. The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed down 354.0 points (-2.3%) at 14,758. During the day, 822 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 597.5 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 147 issues advancing vs. 2,963 declining with 36 unchanged.
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Holding the Dow back today was International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM), which lagged the broader Dow index with a $4.59 decline (-2.3%) bringing the stock to $197.35. This single loss lowered the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 34.74 points or roughly accounting for 9.8% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for International Business Machines ended the day at 4.4 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 4.2 million shares.
International Business Machines has a market cap of $227.16 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are up 5.4% year to date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.9%. 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 14.2, 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 notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share, 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.