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The

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) is trading down 49.0 points (-0.3%) at 18,091 as of Monday, Feb 23, 2015, 12:36 p.m. ET. During this time, 135.7 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 369.8 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,264 issues advancing vs. 1,724 declining with 155 unchanged.

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Holding back the Dow today is

Wal-Mart Stores

(NYSE:

WMT

), which is lagging the broader index with a five-cent decline to $84.25. This single drop is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 0.38 points or roughly accounting for 0.8% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Wal-Mart Stores currently sits at 3.5 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 7.1 million shares.

Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $269.2 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are down 1.8% year-to-date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.3%.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. operates retail stores in various formats worldwide. The company operates through three segments: Walmart U.S., Walmart International, and Sam's Club.

TheStreet Ratings rates Wal-Mart Stores as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, revenue growth and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

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