Dow Jones (DJIA) Today: Microsoft (MSFT) Leads The Day Higher, Chevron (CVX) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 110 points (+0.6%) at 18,151 as of Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 9:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 13.9 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 360.1 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,403 issues advancing vs. 1,296 declining with 251 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT), which is sporting a 30-cent gain (+0.6%) bringing the stock to $46.89. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 2.27 points or roughly accounting for 2.1% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Microsoft currently sits at 1.1 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 37 million shares.

Microsoft has a market cap of $379.4 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are up 0.3% 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 its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

Holding back the Dow today is Chevron (NYSE: CVX), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 38-cent decline (-0.4%) bringing the stock to $102.91. Volume for Chevron currently sits at 259,614 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.8 million shares.

Chevron has a market cap of $197.24 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are down 7.9% year-to-date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 4.1%.

Chevron Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in the petroleum, chemicals, and power and energy operations worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Upstream and Downstream.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chevron as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

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