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

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 28 points (+0.2%) at 12,935 as of Friday, Mar 9, 2012, 9:39 a.m. ET. During this time, 30.3 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 1,572 issues advancing vs. 1,025 declining with 192 unchanged.

The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE: WMT), which is sporting a 33-cent gain (+0.6%) bringing the stock to $60.10. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 2.5 points or roughly accounting for 8.9% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Wal-Mart Stores currently sits at 276,027 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 up 0% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.7%.

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 13.2, 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 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.

Holding back the Dow today is Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ), which is lagging the broader Dow index with an eight-cent decline (-0.3%) bringing the stock to $24.56. Volume for Hewlett-Packard currently sits at 558,677 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 17.8 million shares.

Hewlett-Packard has a market cap of $56.58 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer hardware industry. Shares are down 4.3% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2%.

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. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.5, below the average computer hardware industry P/E ratio of 8.6 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hewlett-Packard as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its attractive valuation levels, considering its current price compared to earnings, book value and other measures. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.
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