Dow Jones (DJIA) Today: Cisco Systems (CSCO) Higher

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 43 points (+0.2%) at 17,690 as of Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014, 12:36 p.m. ET. During this time, 124.5 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 324.8 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,033 issues advancing vs. 971 declining with 155 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Cisco Systems (Nasdaq: CSCO), which is sporting a 23-cent gain (+0.9%) bringing the stock to $26.70. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 1.74 points or roughly accounting for 4% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Cisco Systems currently sits at 14.6 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 26.9 million shares.

Cisco Systems has a market cap of $134.76 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer hardware industry. Shares are up 18% year-to-date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.9%.

Cisco Systems, Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells Internet Protocol (IP) based networking products and services related to the communications and information technology industry worldwide.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cisco Systems as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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