Wal-Mart Stores Reaches New 52-Week High (WMT)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE: WMT) hit a new 52-week high Friday as it is currently trading at $75.35, above its previous 52-week high of $75.24 with 1.2 million shares traded as of 10:26 a.m. ET. Average volume has been 7.6 million shares over the past 30 days.

Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $249.42 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are up 25% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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 15.6, 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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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. You can view the full Wal-Mart Stores Ratings Report.

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