Dow Today: Cisco Systems (CSCO) Leads The Day Higher, Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 35.0 points (-0.3%) at 13,957 as of Monday, Feb 11, 2013, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 18.8 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 628.7 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,131 issues advancing vs. 1,338 declining with 216 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Cisco Systems (Nasdaq: CSCO), which is sporting a 17-cent gain (+0.8%) bringing the stock to $21.33. Volume for Cisco Systems currently sits at 2.2 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 38.8 million shares.

Cisco Systems has a market cap of $112 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer hardware industry. Shares are up 7.4% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.7%.

Cisco Systems, Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells Internet protocol (IP) based networking and other products related to the communications and information technology industries worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cisco Systems as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

Holding back the Dow today is Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE: WMT), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 54-cent decline (-0.8%) bringing the stock to $70.94. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 4.09 points or roughly accounting for 11.7% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Wal-Mart Stores currently sits at 399,567 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of nine million shares.

Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $238.28 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are up 4.4% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.2%.

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 14.7, 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 solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

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