Dow Today: Intel (INTC) Leads The Day Higher, Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up eight points at 14,841 as of Wednesday, Sep 4, 2013, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 28.3 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 535.7 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,191 issues advancing vs. 1,340 declining with 191 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Intel (Nasdaq: INTC), which is sporting a 28-cent gain (+1.3%) bringing the stock to $22.35. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 2.12 points or roughly accounting for 26.5% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Intel currently sits at 2.8 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 39.6 million shares.

Intel has a market cap of $109.5 billion and is part of the technology sector and electronics industry. Shares are up 6.6% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 4.1%.

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.

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, reasonable valuation levels, 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 Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq: MSFT), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 52-cent decline (-1.6%) bringing the stock to $31.36. Volume for Microsoft Corporation currently sits at 9.6 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 48.6 million shares.

Microsoft Corporation has a market cap of $278.22 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are up 19.4% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.8%.

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.

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