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 up 96 points (+0.6%) at 17,072 as of Friday, Jul 18, 2014, 11:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 153.1 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 304.8 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,423 issues advancing vs. 487 declining with 174 unchanged.
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Holding back the Dow today is Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 14-cent decline (-0.3%) bringing the stock to $44.39. Volume for Microsoft currently sits at 20.3 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 28.1 million shares. Microsoft has a market cap of $364.12 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are up 19% year-to-date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.5%. 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.