Dow Today: Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Leads The Day Higher, General Electric (GE) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 45 points (+0.3%) at 16,142 as of Friday, Nov 29, 2013, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 10.4 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 379 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,683 issues advancing vs. 958 declining with 157 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq: MSFT), which is sporting a 38-cent gain (+1%) bringing the stock to $37.98. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 2.88 points or roughly accounting for 6.4% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Microsoft Corporation currently sits at 1.5 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 48.2 million shares.

Microsoft Corporation has a market cap of $313.88 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are up 40.8% year to date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3%.

Microsoft Corporation (Microsoft) develops, licenses, and supports software, services, and hardware devices worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

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 solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

Holding back the Dow today is General Electric (NYSE: GE), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a nine-cent decline (-0.3%) bringing the stock to $26.74. Volume for General Electric currently sits at 1.3 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 37.6 million shares.

General Electric has a market cap of $271.45 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. Shares are up 27.8% year to date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.8%.

General Electric Company operates as an infrastructure and financial services company worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates General Electric as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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