Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Links. The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up two points at 15,544 as of Thursday, Jul 25, 2013, 12:35 p.m. ET. During this time, 212.4 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 589.7 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,346 issues advancing vs. 1,602 declining with 83 unchanged.
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Holding back the Dow today is Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq: MSFT), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 62-cent decline (-2%) bringing the stock to $31.34. Volume for Microsoft Corporation currently sits at 34.3 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 49.8 million shares. Microsoft Corporation has a market cap of $265.73 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are up 19.1% year to date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.9%. Microsoft Corporation develops, licenses, and supports software, services, and solutions worldwide. Its Windows division develops and markets PC operating systems, related software, and online services, and PC hardware products. 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, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.