Dow Today: Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) Leads The Day Higher, Goldman Sachs Group (GS) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed down 44.0 points (-0.3%) at 17,024. During the day, 241.9 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 320.4 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 941 issues advancing vs. 2,159 declining with 117 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE: WMT), which sported a 32-cent gain (+0.4%) bringing the stock to $76.07. Volume for Wal-Mart Stores ended the day at five million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of six million shares.

Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $244.19 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are down 3.7% year-to-date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.5%.

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 has had sub par growth in net income.

Holding the Dow back today was Goldman Sachs Group (NYSE: GS), which lagged the broader Dow index with a $1.68 decline (-1%) bringing the stock to $167.78. This single loss lowered the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 12.71 points or roughly accounting for 28.9% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Goldman Sachs Group ended the day at 1.7 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 2.8 million shares.

Goldman Sachs Group has a market cap of $75.78 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are down 4.4% year-to-date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.3%.

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. provides investment banking, securities, and investment management services to corporations, financial institutions, governments, and high-net-worth individuals worldwide.

TheStreet Ratings rates Goldman Sachs Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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