Dow Today: International Business Machines (IBM) Leads The Day Higher, Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed down 3.0 points at 17,083. During the day, 303.9 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 304.8 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,419 issues advancing vs. 1,605 declining with 155 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM), which sported a $1.61 gain (+0.8%) bringing the stock to $195.24. Volume for International Business Machines ended the day at 3.4 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.8 million shares.

International Business Machines has a market cap of $194.7 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are up 3.2% year-to-date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.3%.

International Business Machines Corporation provides information technology (IT) products and services worldwide.

TheStreet Ratings rates International Business Machines as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

Holding the Dow back today was Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE: WMT), which lagged the broader Dow index with a 64-cent decline (-0.8%) bringing the stock to $76.35. This single loss lowered the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 4.84 points or roughly accounting for 161.3% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Wal-Mart Stores ended the day at 6.9 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.8 million shares.

Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $247.77 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are down 2.2% year-to-date as of Wednesday'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 and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

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