Dow Today: Microsoft (MSFT) Leads The Day Higher, Intel (INTC) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 12.0 points at 17,126 as of Thursday, Jul 17, 2014, 9:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 32.9 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 301.5 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 920 issues advancing vs. 1,776 declining with 263 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT), which is sporting a $1.32 gain (+3%) bringing the stock to $45.40. Volume for Microsoft currently sits at 14.4 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 27.5 million shares.

Microsoft has a market cap of $350.65 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are up 17.8% year-to-date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.6%.

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 largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels, solid stock price performance and good cash flow from operations. 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 54-cent decline (-1.6%) bringing the stock to $34.10. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 4.09 points or roughly accounting for 34.1% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Intel currently sits at 7.8 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 29.3 million shares.

Intel has a market cap of $157.85 billion and is part of the technology sector and electronics industry. Shares are up 22.2% year-to-date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.8%.

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

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