Dow Jones (DJIA) Today: Home Depot (HD) Leads The Day Higher, Microsoft (MSFT) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up one points at 18,273 as of Monday, May 18, 2015, 9:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 12.4 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 364.6 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,045 issues advancing vs. 1,643 declining with 283 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Home Depot (NYSE: HD), which is sporting a 62-cent gain (+0.5%) bringing the stock to $113.97. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 4.69 points or roughly accounting for 469% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Home Depot currently sits at 657,046 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 4.9 million shares.

Home Depot has a market cap of $145.34 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are up 6.6% year-to-date as of Friday'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 solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

Holding back the Dow today is Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 46-cent decline (-0.9%) bringing the stock to $47.84. Volume for Microsoft currently sits at two million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 37.6 million shares.

Microsoft has a market cap of $394.12 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are up 4% year-to-date as of Friday'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, reasonable valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

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