Dow Today: Travelers Companies (TRV) Leads The Day Higher, Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 103 points (+0.6%) at 16,686 as of Monday, May 12, 2014, 9:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 12.3 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 393.5 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,251 issues advancing vs. 513 declining with 194 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Travelers Companies (NYSE: TRV), which is sporting a $1.10 gain (+1.2%) bringing the stock to $92.40. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 8.33 points or roughly accounting for 8.1% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Travelers Companies currently sits at 171,218 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 2.5 million shares.

Travelers Companies has a market cap of $31.7 billion and is part of the financial sector and insurance industry. Shares are up 0.8% year-to-date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.4%.

The Travelers Companies, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides various commercial and personal property, and casualty insurance products and services to businesses, government units, associations, and individuals in the United States.

TheStreet Ratings rates Travelers Companies 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, notable return on equity, 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.

Holding back the Dow today is Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE: WMT), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 21-cent decline (-0.3%) bringing the stock to $78.99. Volume for Wal-Mart Stores currently sits at 318,083 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.7 million shares.

Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $253.94 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are up 0.7% year-to-date as of Friday'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 through 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, reasonable valuation levels, 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.

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