Dow Today: Cisco Systems (CSCO) Leads The Day Higher, Intel (INTC) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 87 points (+0.5%) at 16,544 as of Tuesday, Apr 1, 2014, 9:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 19.1 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 412.7 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,861 issues advancing vs. 891 declining with 251 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Cisco Systems (Nasdaq: CSCO), which is sporting a 34-cent gain (+1.5%) bringing the stock to $22.56. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 2.57 points or roughly accounting for 3% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Cisco Systems currently sits at 2.3 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 43.7 million shares.

Cisco Systems has a market cap of $115.03 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer hardware industry. Shares are down 0.1% year to date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.5%.

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 reasonable valuation levels, increase in stock price during the past year, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Holding back the Dow today is Intel (Nasdaq: INTC), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 13-cent decline (-0.5%) bringing the stock to $25.68. Volume for Intel currently sits at 1.7 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 31.5 million shares.

Intel has a market cap of $127.38 billion and is part of the technology sector and electronics industry. Shares are down 0.5% year to date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.6%.

Intel Corporation designs, manufactures, and sells integrated digital technology platforms worldwide. It operates through PC Client Group, Data Center Group, Other Intel Architecture, Software and Services, and All Other segments.

TheStreet Ratings rates Intel as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

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