Dow Jones (DJIA) Today: Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) Lower

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 8.0 points at 18,060 as of Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 12:36 p.m. ET. During this time, 164.9 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 366 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,739 issues advancing vs. 1,263 declining with 123 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 65-cent decline (-0.8%) bringing the stock to $78.31. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 4.92 points or roughly accounting for 61.5% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Wal-Mart Stores currently sits at 3.7 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.7 million shares.

Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $251.91 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are down 9.1% year-to-date as of Tuesday'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.

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