Dow Today: Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Leads The Day Higher, Visa (V) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed down 129.0 points (-0.8%) at 15,129. During the day, 354.1 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 364.4 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,198 issues advancing vs. 1,818 declining with 102 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq: MSFT), which sported a one-cent gain to $33.28. Volume for Microsoft Corporation ended the day at 36.4 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 54.2 million shares.

Microsoft Corporation has a market cap of $270.35 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are up 21.5% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.5%.

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 the Dow back today was Visa (NYSE: V), which lagged the broader Dow index with a $1.95 decline (-1%) bringing the stock to $191.10. This single loss lowered the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 14.76 points or roughly accounting for 11.4% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Visa ended the day at 2.3 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of four million shares.

Visa has a market cap of $99.49 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are up 27.5% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 0.7%.

Visa Inc., a payments technology company, engages in the operation of retail electronic payments network worldwide. It facilitates commerce through the transfer of value and information among financial institutions, merchants, consumers, businesses, and government entities.

TheStreet Ratings rates Visa 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, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and compelling growth in net income. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

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