Dow Today: Cisco Systems (CSCO) Leads The Day Higher, Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 15.0 points at 15,260 as of Thursday, May 16, 2013, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 62.5 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 596.1 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 856 issues advancing vs. 1,595 declining with 180 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Cisco Systems (Nasdaq: CSCO), which is sporting a $2.64 gain (+12.4%) bringing the stock to $23.85. Volume for Cisco Systems currently sits at 40.5 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 35.4 million shares.

Cisco Systems has a market cap of $113.41 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer hardware industry. Shares are up 8.2% year to date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.2%.

Cisco Systems, Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells Internet protocol (IP) based networking and other products related to the communications and information technology industries worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cisco Systems as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

Holding back the Dow today is Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE: WMT), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a $1.79 decline (-2.2%) bringing the stock to $78.07. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 13.55 points or roughly accounting for 90.3% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Wal-Mart Stores currently sits at 1.9 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 8.1 million shares.

Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $259.17 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are up 17% 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.

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