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

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 27 points (+0.2%) at 17,793 as of Tuesday, Jun 9, 2015, 12:36 p.m. ET. During this time, 133.6 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 359.6 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,256 issues advancing vs. 1,750 declining with 142 unchanged.
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Holding back the Dow today is Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE: WMT), which is lagging the broader index with a two-cent decline to $72.60. Volume for Wal-Mart Stores currently sits at 3.6 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of seven million shares.

Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $235.66 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are down 15.4% year-to-date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.7%.

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 has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

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