Dow Today: Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Leads The Day Higher, Cisco Systems (CSCO) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 63.0 points (-0.4%) at 15,900 as of Thursday, Feb 13, 2014, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 17.8 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 378.9 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 673 issues advancing vs. 2,025 declining with 209 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq: MSFT), which is sporting a 28-cent gain (+0.7%) bringing the stock to $37.74. Volume for Microsoft Corporation currently sits at 1.5 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 40.6 million shares.

Microsoft Corporation has a market cap of $308.58 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are up 0.2% 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.

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 Cisco Systems (Nasdaq: CSCO), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 93-cent decline (-4.1%) bringing the stock to $21.92. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 7.04 points or roughly accounting for 11.2% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Cisco Systems currently sits at 6.8 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 44.1 million shares.

Cisco Systems has a market cap of $121.42 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer hardware industry. Shares are up 1.9% year to date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3%.

Cisco Systems, Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells Internet protocol (IP) and other products related to the communications and information technology industry worldwide.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cisco Systems 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 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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