Dow Today: Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) Higher

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 20.0 points (-0.1%) at 14,558 as of Monday, Apr 1, 2013, 11:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 182.6 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 612 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 795 issues advancing vs. 2,119 declining with 124 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE: WMT), which is sporting a 72-cent gain (+1%) bringing the stock to $75.55. Volume for Wal-Mart Stores currently sits at 4.2 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 8.5 million shares.

Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $246.37 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are up 9.7% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.5%.

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 14.9, 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 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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