Dow Today: Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) Higher

Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 69.0 points (-0.5%) at 14,443 as of Monday, Mar 25, 2013, 12:35 p.m. ET. During this time, 284.8 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 608.8 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,111 issues advancing vs. 1,777 declining with 156 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE: WMT), which is sporting a 54-cent gain (+0.7%) bringing the stock to $74.82. Volume for Wal-Mart Stores currently sits at 5.2 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 8.4 million shares.

Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $244.17 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry.

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.

TheStreet Ratings rates Wal-Mart Stores as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

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