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

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed up 62 points (+0.4%) at 15,191. During the day, 312.1 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 364.4 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 2,172 issues advancing vs. 832 declining with 109 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Visa (NYSE: V), which sported a $2.12 gain (+1.1%) bringing the stock to $193.22. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 16.04 points or roughly accounting for 25.9% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Visa ended the day at 2.3 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of four million shares.

Visa has a market cap of $99.49 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are up 27.5% year to date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 0.7%.

Visa Inc., a payments technology company, engages in the operation of retail electronic payments network worldwide. It facilitates commerce through the transfer of value and information among financial institutions, merchants, consumers, businesses, and government entities.

TheStreet Ratings rates Visa as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and compelling growth in net income. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

Holding the Dow back today was Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE: WMT), which lagged the broader Dow index with a 37-cent decline (-0.5%) bringing the stock to $73.59. Volume for Wal-Mart Stores ended the day at 5.6 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.7 million shares.

Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $246.6 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are up 11% year to date as of Monday'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.

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, good cash flow from operations, 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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