Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link. The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 27 points (+0.2%) at 15,902 as of Wednesday, Dec 18, 2013, 12:35 p.m. ET. During this time, 156 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 369.9 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,479 issues advancing vs. 1,454 declining with 165 unchanged.
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Holding back the Dow today is Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE: WMT), which is lagging the broader index with a five-cent decline to $77.20. Volume for Wal-Mart Stores currently sits at 3.7 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.2 million shares. Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $251.55 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are up 13.2% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.4%. 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 has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.