Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link. The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 37.0 points (-0.2%) at 16,535 as of Friday, Apr 4, 2014, 11:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 132.8 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 419.7 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,572 issues advancing vs. 1,376 declining with 145 unchanged.
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Holding back the Dow today is Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq: MSFT), which is lagging the broader Dow index with an 82-cent decline (-2%) bringing the stock to $40.19. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 6.21 points or roughly accounting for 16.8% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Microsoft Corporation currently sits at 15.8 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 39.8 million shares. Microsoft Corporation has a market cap of $343.23 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are up 9.6% 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.