Dow Jones (DJIA) Today: Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) Leads The Day Higher, Microsoft (MSFT) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 124.0 points (-0.7%) at 17,981 as of Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 9:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 17.7 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 368.4 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 513 issues advancing vs. 2,280 declining with 151 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE: WMT), which is sporting an 18-cent gain (+0.2%) bringing the stock to $78.28. Volume for Wal-Mart Stores currently sits at 430,114 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.7 million shares.

Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $253.3 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are down 8.6% 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, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

Holding back the Dow today is Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 75-cent decline (-1.6%) bringing the stock to $46.62. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 5.68 points or roughly accounting for 4.6% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Microsoft currently sits at 1.8 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 37.8 million shares.

Microsoft has a market cap of $386.28 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are up 2.8% year-to-date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.6%.

Microsoft Corporation develops, licenses, markets, and supports software, services, and devices worldwide. The company's Devices and Consumer (D&C) Licensing segment licenses Windows operating system and related software; Microsoft Office for consumers; and Windows Phone operating system.

TheStreet Ratings rates Microsoft as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

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