Dow Today: Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) Lower

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 51 points (+0.4%) at 13,003 as of Thursday, Mar 1, 2012, 12:35 p.m. ET. During this time, 366.7 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 2,193 issues advancing vs. 709 declining with 115 unchanged.

Holding back the Dow today is Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE: WMT), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 23-cent decline (-0.4%) bringing the stock to $58.85. Volume for Wal-Mart Stores currently sits at 6.8 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 1.1% year to date as of Wednesday'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 13, 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, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, attractive valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.