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 188 points (+1.2%) at 15,628. During the day, 418.9 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 376.6 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 2,320 issues advancing vs. 736 declining with 128 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Visa (NYSE: V), which sported a $3.40 gain (+1.6%) bringing the stock to $219.01. This single gain lifted the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 25.73 points or roughly accounting for 13.7% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Visa ended the day at 3.2 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.3 million shares.

Visa has a market cap of $108.19 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are down 3.2% year to date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 0.8%.

Visa Inc., a payments technology company, operates as a retail electronic payments network worldwide. The company 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, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

Holding the Dow back today was Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE: WMT), which lagged the broader Dow index with a five-cent decline to $72.82. Volume for Wal-Mart Stores ended the day at 7.1 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.2 million shares.

Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $235.34 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are down 7.4% year to date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.6%.

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 shows weak operating cash flow.

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