Dow Today: Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) Lower

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 47 points (+0.3%) at 16,464 as of Friday, Jan 17, 2014, 11:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 255.4 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 357.5 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,451 issues advancing vs. 1,447 declining with 177 unchanged.
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Holding back the Dow today is Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE: WMT), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 45-cent decline (-0.6%) bringing the stock to $76.31. Volume for Wal-Mart Stores currently sits at 3.7 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.7 million shares.

Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $251.29 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are down 2.5% year to date as of Thursday'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 shows weak operating cash flow.

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