Dow Today: Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) Higher

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is unchanged at 15,914 as of Wednesday, Dec 4, 2013, 11:40 a.m. ET. During this time, 144 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 372.2 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,252 issues advancing vs. 1,627 declining with 137 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE: WMT), which is sporting a 10-cent gain (+0.1%) bringing the stock to $80.84. Volume for Wal-Mart Stores currently sits at 3.1 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.2 million shares.

Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $263.13 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are up 19% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.3%.

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 15.6, 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.

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