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

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 24.0 points (-0.1%) at 18,288 as of Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 11:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 91.6 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 364.9 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,419 issues advancing vs. 1,510 declining with 188 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 36-cent decline (-0.5%) bringing the stock to $76.06. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 2.72 points or roughly accounting for 11.3% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Wal-Mart Stores currently sits at 4.3 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.5 million shares.

Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $257.78 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are down 11% 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, increase in net income, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

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