2. As of noon trading, Wal-Mart Stores ( WMT) is up $0.97 (1.26) to $78.13 on average volume Thus far, 4.2 million shares of Wal-Mart Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $77.40-$78.44 after having opened the day at $77.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.16. 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. Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $258.5 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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. Get the full Wal-Mart Stores Ratings Report now. Exclusive Offer: Jim Cramer's 'go-to' small/mid-cap guru Bryan Ashenberg only buys stocks he thinks could return 50-100%. See his top picks for 14-days FREE.