The

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) is trading up 20 points (+0.2%) at 13,004 as of Friday, Feb 24, 2012, 11:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 189.4 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 818.6 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,722 issues advancing vs. 1,107 declining with 155 unchanged.

The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be

Wal-Mart Stores

(NYSE:

WMT

), which is sporting an 18-cent gain (+0.3%) bringing the stock to $58.72. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 1.36 points or roughly accounting for 6.8% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Wal-Mart Stores currently sits at 3.9 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 9.5 million shares.

Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $210.24 billion and is part of the

services

sector and

retail

industry. Shares are down 2% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.5%.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates retail stores in various formats worldwide. The company's Walmart U.S. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.9, below the average retail industry P/E ratio of 13.1 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 revenue growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

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