Dow Today: Intel (INTC) Leads The Day Higher, Home Depot (HD) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 42 points (+0.2%) at 17,118 as of Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014, 9:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 10 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 299.6 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,745 issues advancing vs. 918 declining with 294 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Intel (Nasdaq: INTC), which is sporting a 20-cent gain (+0.6%) bringing the stock to $35.01. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 1.51 points or roughly accounting for 3.6% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Intel currently sits at 1.3 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 34.9 million shares.

Intel has a market cap of $172.99 billion and is part of the technology sector and electronics industry. Shares are up 34.1% year-to-date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.6%.

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 increase in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance and reasonable valuation levels. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

Holding back the Dow today is Home Depot (NYSE: HD), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 23-cent decline (-0.3%) bringing the stock to $90.97. Volume for Home Depot currently sits at 264,932 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.2 million shares.

Home Depot has a market cap of $124.49 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are up 10.8% year-to-date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.1%.

The Home Depot, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer.

TheStreet Ratings rates Home Depot as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

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