Dow Today: Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) Higher

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 102 points (+0.7%) at 15,012 as of Thursday, Jun 27, 2013, 12:35 p.m. ET. During this time, 258 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 623 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,577 issues advancing vs. 436 declining with 53 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE: WMT), which is sporting a 68-cent gain (+0.9%) bringing the stock to $75.69. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 5.15 points or roughly accounting for 5% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Wal-Mart Stores currently sits at 3.3 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 7.6 million shares.

Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $243.69 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are up 9.9% year to date as of Wednesday'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 14.7, 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, 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 has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

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