Dow Today: Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) Leads The Day Higher, Alcoa (AA) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 5.0 points at 15,100 as of Thursday, May 9, 2013, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 21.9 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 601.3 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 911 issues advancing vs. 1,233 declining with 196 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE: WMT), which is sporting a 46-cent gain (+0.6%) bringing the stock to $78.71. Volume for Wal-Mart Stores currently sits at 225,236 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 8.3 million shares.

Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $259.34 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are up 14.7% year to date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.4%.

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 15.7, 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 has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

Holding back the Dow today is Alcoa (NYSE: AA), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a seven-cent decline (-0.8%) bringing the stock to $8.80. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 0.53 points or roughly accounting for 10.6% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Alcoa currently sits at 441,090 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 18.8 million shares.

Alcoa has a market cap of $9.24 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and metals & mining industry. Shares are up 2.2% year to date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.4%.

Alcoa Inc. engages in the production and management of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum, and alumina. The company operates in four segments: Alumina, Primary Metals, Global Rolled Products, and Engineered Products and Solutions. The company has a P/E ratio of 39.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Alcoa as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

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