Dow Today: Cisco Systems (CSCO) Leads The Day Higher, Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 105.0 points (-0.6%) at 16,508 as of Thursday, May 15, 2014, 9:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 32.7 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 389.7 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 769 issues advancing vs. 1,968 declining with 228 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Cisco Systems (Nasdaq: CSCO), which is sporting a $1.57 gain (+6.9%) bringing the stock to $24.38. Volume for Cisco Systems currently sits at 20.2 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 37.5 million shares.

Cisco Systems has a market cap of $117.76 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer hardware industry. Shares are up 1.7% year-to-date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.3%.

Cisco Systems, Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells Internet protocol (IP) and other products related to the communications and information technology industry worldwide.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cisco Systems as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, increase in stock price during the past year, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Holding back the Dow today is Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE: WMT), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a $2.04 decline (-2.6%) bringing the stock to $76.70. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 15.44 points or roughly accounting for 14.7% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Wal-Mart Stores currently sits at 1.9 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.7 million shares.

Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $255.4 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are up 0.1% year-to-date as of Wednesday'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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