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Dow Today: Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) Leads The Day Higher, Coca-Cola (KO) 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 60.0 points (-0.5%) at 12,818 as of Wednesday, Nov 28, 2012, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 24 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 629.2 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 702 issues advancing vs. 1,991 declining with 123 unchanged.

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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE: WMT), which is sporting a 25-cent gain (+0.4%) bringing the stock to $69.75. Volume for Wal-Mart Stores currently sits at 309,076 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 7.4 million shares.

Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $235 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are up 16.3% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.3%.

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 14.4, 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, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Holding back the Dow today is Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 53-cent decline (-1.4%) bringing the stock to $36.89. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 4.01 points or roughly accounting for 6.7% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Coca-Cola currently sits at 671,445 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 17.1 million shares.

Coca-Cola has a market cap of $167.57 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and food & beverage industry. Shares are up 6.8% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.7%.

The Coca-Cola Company, a beverage company, engages in the manufacture, marketing, and sale of nonalcoholic beverages worldwide. The company primarily offers sparkling beverages and still beverages. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Coca-Cola as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

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