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The

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) is trading up 44 points (+0.3%) at 17,026 as of Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014, 9:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 36.7 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 305 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,400 issues advancing vs. 1,244 declining with 286 unchanged.

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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be

AT&T

(NYSE:

T

), which is sporting a $1.60 gain (+4.5%) bringing the stock to $37.25. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 12.11 points or roughly accounting for 27.5% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for AT&T currently sits at 18.7 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 21.7 million shares.

AT&T has a market cap of $184.45 billion and is part of the technology sector and telecommunications industry. Shares are up 1.4% year-to-date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 5.2%.

AT&T Inc. provides telecommunications services to consumers and businesses in the United States and internationally.

TheStreet Ratings rates AT&T as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Holding back the Dow today is

Wal-Mart Stores

(NYSE:

WMT

), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 46-cent decline (-0.6%) bringing the stock to $75.25. Volume for Wal-Mart Stores currently sits at 460,649 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.7 million shares.

Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $244.9 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are down 3.8% year-to-date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.5%.

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 revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, reasonable valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

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