Dow Today: Walt Disney (DIS) Higher

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 41.0 points (-0.3%) at 13,227 as of Thursday, May 3, 2012, 11:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 192.2 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 739.1 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,169 issues advancing vs. 1,716 declining with 129 unchanged.

The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS), which is sporting a 51-cent gain (+1.2%) bringing the stock to $44.05. Volume for Walt Disney currently sits at 3.7 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 8.5 million shares.

Walt Disney has a market cap of $78.49 billion and is part of the services sector and media industry. Shares are up 16.1% year to date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.4%.

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an entertainment company worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.6, equal to the average media industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Walt Disney as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income, revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

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