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 68.0 points (-0.4%) at 16,645 as of Friday, Aug 15, 2014, 10:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 90.6 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 301.6 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,983 issues advancing vs. 877 declining with 202 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT), which is sporting a 40-cent gain (+0.9%) bringing the stock to $44.66. Volume for Microsoft currently sits at 13.7 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 28.5 million shares. Microsoft has a market cap of $363.21 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are up 17.8% year-to-date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.5%. Microsoft Corporation develops, licenses, markets, and supports software, services, and devices worldwide. The company's Devices and Consumer (D&C) Licensing segment licenses Windows operating system and related software; Microsoft Office for consumers; and Windows Phone operating system. 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, solid stock price performance, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.