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

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 106.0 points (-0.6%) at 16,395 as of Friday, Apr 25, 2014, 9:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 20.5 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 416.7 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 791 issues advancing vs. 1,893 declining with 247 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT), which is sporting a 54-cent gain (+1.4%) bringing the stock to $40.40. Volume for Microsoft currently sits at 5.6 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 37.5 million shares.

Microsoft has a market cap of $329.46 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are up 6.5% 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 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 $7.41 decline (-3.5%) bringing the stock to $201.99. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 56.08 points or roughly accounting for 52.9% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Visa currently sits at one million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.6 million shares.

Visa has a market cap of $105.31 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are down 6% 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, increase in net income 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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