Dow Today: Boeing (BA) Leads The Day Higher, Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 90.0 points (-0.5%) at 16,440 as of Wednesday, Jan 8, 2014, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 22.5 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 358.5 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,029 issues advancing vs. 1,676 declining with 235 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Boeing (NYSE: BA), which is sporting an 84-cent gain (+0.6%) bringing the stock to $141.35. Volume for Boeing currently sits at 172,359 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 4.2 million shares.

Boeing has a market cap of $104.01 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and aerospace/defense industry. Shares are up 3% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.1%.

The Boeing Company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the design, development, manufacture, sale, and support of commercial jetliners, military aircraft, satellites, missile defense, human space flight, and launch systems and services worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Boeing as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Holding back the Dow today is Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq: MSFT), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 43-cent decline (-1.2%) bringing the stock to $35.98. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 3.25 points or roughly accounting for 3.6% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Microsoft Corporation currently sits at 3.5 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 40.6 million shares.

Microsoft Corporation has a market cap of $301.61 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are down 2.7% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.1%.

Microsoft Corporation (Microsoft) develops, licenses, and supports software, services, and hardware devices worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.5, 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.

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