Wal-Mart Stores Stock Hits New 52-Week High (WMT)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE: WMT) hit a new 52-week high Wednesday as it is currently trading at $79.62, above its previous 52-week high of $79.50 with 2.3 million shares traded as of 11:06 a.m. ET. Average volume has been 8.1 million shares over the past 30 days.

Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $258.25 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are up 15.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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 15.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

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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. You can view the full Wal-Mart Stores Ratings Report.

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