Dow Today: Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Leads The Day Higher, International Business Machines (IBM) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed down 58.0 points (-0.4%) at 15,133. During the day, 339.3 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 1,309 issues advancing vs. 1,661 declining with 129 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq: MSFT), which sported a 34-cent gain (+1%) bringing the stock to $33.92. Volume for Microsoft Corporation ended the day at 45.5 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 Tuesday'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 International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM), which lagged the broader Dow index with a $1.42 decline (-0.8%) bringing the stock to $184.96. This single loss lowered the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 10.75 points or roughly accounting for 18.5% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for International Business Machines ended the day at 3.1 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.7 million shares.

International Business Machines has a market cap of $208.1 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are down 0.8% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2%.

International Business Machines Corporation provides information technology (IT) products and services worldwide.

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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