Dow Today: Walt Disney (DIS) Lower

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 197.0 points (-1.3%) at 15,140 as of Thursday, Aug 15, 2013, 12:35 p.m. ET. During this time, 313.4 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 561.5 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 404 issues advancing vs. 2,638 declining with 48 unchanged.
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Holding back the Dow today is Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a $1.18 decline (-1.8%) bringing the stock to $62.78. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 8.93 points or roughly accounting for 4.5% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Walt Disney currently sits at 5.1 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 7.3 million shares.

Walt Disney has a market cap of $114.3 billion and is part of the services sector and media industry. Shares are up 28.5% year to date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.2%.

The Walt Disney Company operates as an entertainment company worldwide. Its Media Networks segment engages in broadcast television network, television production and distribution, television stations, broadcast radio networks and stations, and publishing and digital operations.

TheStreet Ratings rates Walt Disney as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

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