Dow Today: Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) Leads The Day Higher, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) Lags - TheStreet

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

) is trading down 9.0 points at 13,448 as of Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 30.8 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 577.2 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,254 issues advancing vs. 1,468 declining with 155 unchanged.

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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be

Wal-Mart Stores

(NYSE:

WMT

), which is sporting a 43-cent gain (+0.6%) bringing the stock to $74.69. Volume for Wal-Mart Stores currently sits at 191,473 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of eight million shares.

Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $251.23 billion and is part of the

services

sector and

retail

industry. Shares are up 24.3% year to date as of Tuesday'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 15.7, 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.

Holding back the Dow today is

Hewlett-Packard

(NYSE:

HPQ

), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 21-cent decline (-1.3%) bringing the stock to $16.50. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 1.59 points or roughly accounting for 17.7% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Hewlett-Packard currently sits at 1.1 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 20.9 million shares.

Hewlett-Packard has a market cap of $33.84 billion and is part of the

technology

sector and

computer hardware

industry. Shares are down 35.1% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.1%.

Hewlett-Packard Company and its subsidiaries provide products, technologies, software, solutions, and services to individual consumers and small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), as well as to the government, health, and education sectors worldwide.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hewlett-Packard as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow, poor profit margins and generally high debt management risk.

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