Dow Jones (DJIA) Today: Microsoft (MSFT) Lower

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 41.0 points (-0.2%) at 17,887 as of Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 11:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 123.5 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 370.5 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 977 issues advancing vs. 2,018 declining with 123 unchanged.
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Holding back the Dow today is Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT), which is lagging the broader Dow index with an 88-cent decline (-1.8%) bringing the stock to $46.72. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 6.66 points or roughly accounting for 16.2% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Microsoft currently sits at 19.4 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 37.5 million shares.

Microsoft has a market cap of $390.24 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are up 3.9% year-to-date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.6%.

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, reasonable valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

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