Dow Today: International Business Machines (IBM) Leads The Day Higher

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed up 141 points (+0.9%) at 15,063. During the day, 393.9 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 524.5 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 2,407 issues advancing vs. 601 declining with 80 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM), which sported a $1.95 gain (+1.1%) bringing the stock to $184.98. This single gain lifted the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 14.76 points or roughly accounting for 10.5% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for International Business Machines ended the day at 2.9 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.8 million shares.

International Business Machines has a market cap of $201.72 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are down 4.4% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.1%.

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.

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 and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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