Dow Today: Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Leads The Day Higher, 3M (MMM) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 39.0 points (-0.2%) at 16,047 as of Monday, Dec 2, 2013, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 13.1 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 961 issues advancing vs. 1,715 declining with 179 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq: MSFT), which is sporting a 30-cent gain (+0.8%) bringing the stock to $38.43. Volume for Microsoft Corporation currently sits at 1.8 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 Friday'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 3M (NYSE: MMM), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a $1.81 decline (-1.4%) bringing the stock to $131.70. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 13.7 points or roughly accounting for 35.1% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for 3M currently sits at 276,200 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 2.4 million shares.

3M has a market cap of $89.88 billion and is part of the conglomerates sector and conglomerates industry. Shares are up 43.8% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.9%.

3M Company operates as a diversified technology company worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates 3M 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, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

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