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

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 2.0 points at 18,283 as of Thursday, May 21, 2015, 1:36 p.m. ET. During this time, 144.1 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 364.2 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,599 issues advancing vs. 1,390 declining with 187 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE: WMT), which is sporting a 39-cent gain (+0.5%) bringing the stock to $76.29. Volume for Wal-Mart Stores currently sits at 3.3 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.8 million shares.

Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $246.53 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are down 11.6% year-to-date as of Wednesday'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 reasonable valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

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