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

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 120 points (+0.7%) at 18,161 as of Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 1:36 p.m. ET. During this time, 143.8 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 360.1 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,094 issues advancing vs. 912 declining with 144 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE: WMT), which is sporting a 42-cent gain (+0.6%) bringing the stock to $75.32. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 3.18 points or roughly accounting for 2.7% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Wal-Mart Stores currently sits at 4.2 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.9 million shares.

Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $244.69 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are down 12.8% year-to-date as of Tuesday'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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

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