Dow Today: Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) Leads The Day Higher, Procter & Gamble (PG) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed up 60 points (+0.4%) at 14,673. During the day, 584.2 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 604.4 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,734 issues advancing vs. 1,241 declining with 130 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE: WMT), which sported an 83-cent gain (+1.1%) bringing the stock to $78.12. This single gain lifted the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 6.28 points or roughly accounting for 10.5% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Wal-Mart Stores ended the day at 8.6 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 8.4 million shares.

Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $251.51 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are up 13.3% year to date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.5%.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates retail stores in various formats worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Walmart U.S., Walmart International, and Sam's Club. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.2, 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.

Holding the Dow back today was Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG), which lagged the broader Dow index with a 53-cent decline (-0.7%) bringing the stock to $78.26. Volume for Procter & Gamble ended the day at 6.7 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 9.5 million shares.

Procter & Gamble has a market cap of $213.7 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and consumer non-durables industry. Shares are up 16.1% year to date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.9%.

The Procter & Gamble Company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of a range of branded consumer packaged goods. The company operates in five segments: Beauty, Grooming, Health Care, Fabric Care and Home Care, and Baby Care and Family Care. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Procter & Gamble as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and compelling growth in net income. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

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