Dow Today: Intel (INTC) Leads The Day Higher, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 50 points (+0.3%) at 15,350 as of Friday, Sep 13, 2013, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 20.4 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 519.9 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,603 issues advancing vs. 973 declining with 186 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Intel (Nasdaq: INTC), which is sporting a 54-cent gain (+2.4%) bringing the stock to $23.16. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 4.09 points or roughly accounting for 8.2% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Intel currently sits at 3.7 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 38.2 million shares.

Intel has a market cap of $113.64 billion and is part of the technology sector and electronics industry. Shares are up 10.6% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.9%.

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 Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 14-cent decline (-0.6%) bringing the stock to $21.82. Volume for Hewlett-Packard currently sits at 1.3 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 15 million shares.

Hewlett-Packard has a market cap of $42.8 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer hardware industry. Shares are up 56.3% 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 solid stock price performance, 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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