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

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The

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) closed up 72 points (+0.5%) at 13,485. During the day, 557 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 578.1 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 2,267 issues advancing vs. 744 declining with 108 unchanged.

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The Dow component that led the way higher today was

International Business Machines

(NYSE:

IBM

), which sported a $1.91 gain (+0.9%) bringing the stock to $205.91. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 14.46 points or roughly accounting for 20.1% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for International Business Machines ended the day at 2.7 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.6 million shares.

International Business Machines has a market cap of $234.25 billion and is part of the

technology

sector and

computer hardware

industry. Shares are up 10.9% year to date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.7%.

International Business Machines Corporation provides information technology (IT) products and services worldwide. The company operates in five segments: Global Technology Services, Global Business Services, Software, Systems and Technology, and Global Financing. The company has a P/E ratio of 15, equal to the average computer hardware industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates International Business Machines as a

buy

TheStreet Recommends

. 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, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

Holding the Dow back today was

Wal-Mart Stores

(NYSE:

WMT

), which lagged the broader Dow index with a 21-cent decline (-0.3%) bringing the stock to $73.98. Volume for Wal-Mart Stores ended the day at 5.3 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of eight million shares.

Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $249.62 billion and is part of the

services

sector and

retail

industry. Shares are up 24.1% year to date as of Wednesday'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 15.6, 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.

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