Dow Today: Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) Lower

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 93 points (+0.6%) at 16,653 as of Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014, 11:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 94.4 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 303.3 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,234 issues advancing vs. 706 declining with 156 unchanged.
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Holding back the Dow today is Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE: WMT), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 25-cent decline (-0.3%) bringing the stock to $73.97. Volume for Wal-Mart Stores currently sits at three million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.8 million shares.

Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $239.71 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are down 5.7% year-to-date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.6%.

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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