The

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) is trading down 24.0 points (-0.2%) at 12,505 as of Friday, May 25, 2012, 11:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 182.9 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 732.6 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,459 issues advancing vs. 1,385 declining with 135 unchanged.

The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be

Wal-Mart Stores

(NYSE:

WMT

), which is sporting a 17-cent gain (+0.3%) bringing the stock to $65.24. Volume for Wal-Mart Stores currently sits at four million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 10.7 million shares.

Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $216.73 billion and is part of the

services

sector and

retail

industry. Shares are up 8.9% 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. 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 13.9, above the average retail industry P/E ratio of 13.7 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, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

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