Dow Today: General Electric (GE) Leads The Day Higher, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 15.0 points (-0.1%) at 14,825 as of Friday, Aug 30, 2013, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 17.6 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 538.4 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,182 issues advancing vs. 1,360 declining with 189 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be General Electric (NYSE: GE), which is sporting a 34-cent gain (+1.4%) bringing the stock to $23.44. Volume for General Electric currently sits at 2.6 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 36.3 million shares.

General Electric has a market cap of $236.26 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. Shares are up 10.5% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.3%.

General Electric Company operates as an infrastructure and financial services company worldwide.

TheStreet Ratings rates General Electric as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year, notable return on equity and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

Holding back the Dow today is Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 20-cent decline (-0.9%) bringing the stock to $22.32. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 1.51 points or roughly accounting for 10.1% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Hewlett-Packard currently sits at 432,474 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 15.4 million shares.

Hewlett-Packard has a market cap of $43.6 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer hardware industry. Shares are up 58.7% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.6%.

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 hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, compelling growth in net income and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

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