Dow Today: Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) Lower

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 54 points (+0.4%) at 15,287 as of Friday, May 17, 2013, 12:35 p.m. ET. During this time, 291.4 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 595.6 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,992 issues advancing vs. 899 declining with 140 unchanged.
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Holding back the Dow today is Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE: WMT), which is lagging the broader Dow index with an 87-cent decline (-1.1%) bringing the stock to $77.63. Volume for Wal-Mart Stores currently sits at 5.8 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 8.1 million shares.

Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $262.73 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are up 15.1% year to date as of Thursday'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 15.9, 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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