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

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 29 points (+0.2%) at 16,323 as of Tuesday, Dec 24, 2013, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 8.9 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 375.9 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,514 issues advancing vs. 1,134 declining with 262 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Intel (Nasdaq: INTC), which is sporting a 13-cent gain (+0.5%) bringing the stock to $25.45. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 0.98 points or roughly accounting for 3.4% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Intel currently sits at 633,057 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 32 million shares.

Intel has a market cap of $124.55 billion and is part of the technology sector and electronics industry. Shares are up 21.5% year to date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.6%.

Intel Corporation designs, manufactures, and sells integrated digital technology platforms worldwide. The company operates through PC Client Group, Data Center Group, Other Intel Architecture, Software and Services, and All Other segments.

TheStreet Ratings rates Intel 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, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

Holding back the Dow today is Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE: WMT), which is lagging the broader index with a seven-cent decline to $77.80. Volume for Wal-Mart Stores currently sits at 305,520 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.3 million shares.

Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $250.55 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are up 14.1% year to date as of Monday'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.

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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