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Dow Today: Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) Leads The Day Higher, Chevron (CVX) Lags

Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI) is trading down 33.0 points (-0.2%) at 13,440 as of Wednesday, Oct 10, 2012, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 26.4 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 574.2 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,081 issues advancing vs. 1,540 declining with 189 unchanged.

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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE:WMT), which is sporting an 83-cent gain (+1.1%) bringing the stock to $74.97. Volume for Wal-Mart Stores currently sits at 466,656 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 7.2 million shares.

Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $252.95 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are up 24.1% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.1%.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates retail stores in various formats worldwide. It operates retail stores, restaurants, discount stores, supermarkets, supercenters, hypermarkets, warehouse clubs, apparel stores, Sam's Clubs, and neighborhood markets, as well as walmart.com; and samsclub.com. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.8, equal to the average retail industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Wal-Mart Stores as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, notable return on equity and increase in net income. We feel these 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 $2.66 decline (-2.3%) bringing the stock to $114.70. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 20.13 points or roughly accounting for 61% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Chevron currently sits at 1.4 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.8 million shares.

Chevron has a market cap of $230.79 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are up 10.3% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.1%.

Chevron Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in petroleum, chemicals, mining, power generation, and energy operations worldwide. It operates in two segments, Upstream and Downstream. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.8, equal to the average energy industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chevron as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels, notable return on equity 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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