Dow Today: Microsoft (MSFT) Lower

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 14 points at 16,515 as of Thursday, Apr 24, 2014, 12:36 p.m. ET. During this time, 186.7 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 417.7 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,645 issues advancing vs. 1,332 declining with 182 unchanged.
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Holding back the Dow today is Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 28-cent decline (-0.7%) bringing the stock to $39.40. Volume for Microsoft currently sits at 18.5 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 37.7 million shares.

Microsoft has a market cap of $331.95 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are up 6.1% year-to-date as of Wednesday'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 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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