Dow Jones (DJIA) Today: Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) Leads The Day Higher, Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 49 points (+0.3%) at 17,661 as of Thursday, Nov 13, 2014, 9:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 16.3 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 326.3 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,558 issues advancing vs. 1,141 declining with 247 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE: WMT), which is sporting a $2.35 gain (+3%) bringing the stock to $81.55. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 17.79 points or roughly accounting for 36.3% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Wal-Mart Stores currently sits at 1.8 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.4 million shares.

Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $254.61 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are up 0.7% 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, increase in net income, reasonable valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Holding back the Dow today is Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 46-cent decline (-0.5%) bringing the stock to $94.92. Volume for Exxon Mobil Corporation currently sits at 483,789 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 12 million shares.

Exxon Mobil Corporation has a market cap of $408.25 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are down 5.8% year-to-date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.9%.

Exxon Mobil Corporation explores and produces for crude oil and natural gas. As of December 31, 2013, the company had approximately 37,661 gross and 31,823 net operated wells.

TheStreet Ratings rates Exxon Mobil Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

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