Dow Today: Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Leads The Day Higher, Travelers Companies (TRV) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 14 points at 14,977 as of Friday, Aug 23, 2013, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 68.2 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 548.4 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,611 issues advancing vs. 956 declining with 223 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq: MSFT), which is sporting a $2.12 gain (+6.5%) bringing the stock to $34.51. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 16.04 points or roughly accounting for 114.6% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Microsoft Corporation currently sits at 44.2 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 45.6 million shares.

Microsoft Corporation has a market cap of $263.31 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are up 18.3% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.9%.

Microsoft Corporation (Microsoft) develops, licenses, and supports software, services, and hardware devices worldwide.

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.

Holding back the Dow today is Travelers Companies (NYSE: TRV), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 50-cent decline (-0.6%) bringing the stock to $80.05. Volume for Travelers Companies currently sits at 52,214 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 2.1 million shares.

Travelers Companies has a market cap of $29.66 billion and is part of the financial sector and insurance industry. Shares are up 10.6% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.5%.

The Travelers Companies, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides various commercial and personal property and casualty insurance products and services to businesses, government units, associations, and individuals primarily in the United States.

TheStreet Ratings rates Travelers Companies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

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