The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 19 points (+0.1%) at 12,778 as of Wednesday, Mar 7, 2012, 10:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 157.7 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 1,891 issues advancing vs. 933 declining with 115 unchanged. Thursday, March 8, 2012 is the ex-dividend date for Dow component Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE: WMT). Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 40 cents per share. At a price of $59.50 as of 10:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.7% compared to the average Dow component yield of 2.7%. services sector and retail industry. Shares are down 0.6% year to date as of Tuesday's close. 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 13.1, equal to the average retail industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.
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