Dow Today: Walt Disney (DIS) Higher

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 2.0 points at 13,971 as of Friday, Feb 15, 2013, 11:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 264.8 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 619.1 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,429 issues advancing vs. 1,408 declining with 163 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS), which is sporting a 35-cent gain (+0.6%) bringing the stock to $55.23. Volume for Walt Disney currently sits at 10.1 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 8.6 million shares.

Walt Disney has a market cap of $99.23 billion and is part of the services sector and media industry. Shares are up 10.4% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.4%.

The Walt Disney Company operates as an entertainment company worldwide. Its Media Networks segment engages in broadcast television network, television production and distribution, television stations, broadcast radio networks and stations, and publishing and digital operations. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.7, equal to 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 solid stock price performance, revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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