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) is trading down 97.0 points (-0.6%) at 16,927 as of Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014, 9:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 14 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 sits at 892 issues advancing vs. 1,809 declining with 226 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE: WMT), which is sporting a 15-cent gain (+0.2%) bringing the stock to $76.22. Volume for Wal-Mart Stores currently sits at 382,585 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 3.3% year-to-date as of Monday'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 back the Dow today is Goldman Sachs Group (NYSE: GS), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a $2 decline (-1.2%) bringing the stock to $165.78. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 15.14 points or roughly accounting for 15.6% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Goldman Sachs Group currently sits at 113,728 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 5.3% year-to-date as of Monday'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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