Shares of Boeing rose 4.03% to $76.16. The company's first-quarter earnings and revenue beat analysts' expectations. Boeing reported earnings of $1.11 a share on revenue of $19.4 billion. Analysts expected earnings of 94 cents a share on revenue of $18.4 billion.
TheStreet Ratings gives Boeing a B grade with a buy rating and $84.43 price target.DuPont shares gained 1.97% to $53.72. The chemicals maker raised its quarterly dividend by 5% to 43 cents a share. Also Wednesday, UBS analysts raised their price target on the stock to $53. DuPont gets a A- grade with a buy rating and $60.76 price target from TheStreet Ratings. Shares of American Express rose 1.58% to $58.54. TheStreet Ratings gives American Express an A+ grade with a buy rating and $68.08 price target. The biggest decliner in the index midday Wednesday was Caterpillar (CAT). Shares fell 4.61% to $103.40. Caterpillar reported first-quarter earnings of $1.58 billion, or $2.37 a share, up from year-earlier earnings of $1.23 billion, or $1.84 a share. The company raised its 2012 profit outlook to $9.50 a share, up from previous guidance of $9.25 a share. Analysts, on average, expect full-year 2012 earnings of $9.54 a share. TheStreet Ratings gives Caterpillar an A- grade with a buy rating and $124.77 price target. -- Written by Alexandra Zendrian
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