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

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed up 19 points (+0.1%) at 16,198. During the day, 447.5 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 394.3 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,852 issues advancing vs. 1,167 declining with 146 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE: WMT), which sported a $1.43 gain (+1.9%) bringing the stock to $74.78. This single gain lifted the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 10.82 points or roughly accounting for 56.9% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Wal-Mart Stores ended the day at nine million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.6 million shares.

Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $237.34 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are down 6.8% year to date as of Tuesday'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, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Holding the Dow back today was Visa (NYSE: V), which lagged the broader Dow index with a $1 decline (-0.4%) bringing the stock to $226.11. Volume for Visa ended the day at 2.6 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.4 million shares.

Visa has a market cap of $114.07 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are up 2% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 0.7%.

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 no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

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