Dow Today: Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Leads The Day Higher, Visa (V) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 112 points (+0.7%) at 16,376 as of Friday, Mar 28, 2014, 9:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 14.7 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 414 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,185 issues advancing vs. 529 declining with 210 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq: MSFT), which is sporting a 60-cent gain (+1.5%) bringing the stock to $39.96. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 4.54 points or roughly accounting for 4.1% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Microsoft Corporation currently sits at 2.8 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 38.9 million shares.

Microsoft Corporation has a market cap of $330.29 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are up 5.2% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.8%.

Microsoft Corporation develops, licenses, and supports software, services, and hardware devices. Its Windows division offers Windows operating system; Windows Services suite of applications and Web services, including Outlook.com and SkyDrive; Surface RT and Pro devices; and PC accessories.

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 Visa (NYSE: V), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a $1.30 decline (-0.6%) bringing the stock to $214.48. Volume for Visa currently sits at 139,818 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.2 million shares.

Visa has a market cap of $108.77 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are down 3.1% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 0.7%.

Visa Inc., a payments technology company, operates as a retail electronic payments network worldwide. The company facilitates commerce through the transfer of value and information among financial institutions, merchants, consumers, businesses, and government entities.

TheStreet Ratings rates Visa 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, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

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