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

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 62 points (+0.4%) at 15,102 as of Friday, Jun 7, 2013, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 32.2 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 601.2 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,796 issues advancing vs. 676 declining with 158 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE: WMT), which is sporting a $1.01 gain (+1.3%) bringing the stock to $76.64. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 7.64 points or roughly accounting for 12.3% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Wal-Mart Stores currently sits at 538,688 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 7.5 million shares.

Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $247.56 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are up 10.8% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.5%.

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, 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, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

Holding back the Dow today is Intel (Nasdaq: INTC), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 36-cent decline (-1.4%) bringing the stock to $24.30. Volume for Intel currently sits at 3.7 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 44.1 million shares.

Intel has a market cap of $122.78 billion and is part of the technology sector and electronics industry. Shares are up 19.8% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.6%.

Intel Corporation designs, manufactures, and sells integrated digital technology platforms worldwide. The company operates through PC Client Group, Data Center Group, Other Intel Architecture, Software and Services, and All Other segments. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Intel as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

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