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Dow Today: Coca-Cola (KO) Leads The Day Higher, Caterpillar (CAT) Lags

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed down 62.0 points (-0.5%) at 13,206. During the day, 562.8 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 739.1 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 900 issues advancing vs. 2,094 declining with 122 unchanged.

The Dow component that led the way higher today was Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO), which sported a 28-cent gain (+0.4%) bringing the stock to $77.44. Volume for Coca-Cola ended the day at 7.7 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of eight million shares.

Coca-Cola has a market cap of $173.7 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and food & beverage industry. Shares are up 10.3% year to date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.7%.

The Coca-Cola Company, a beverage company, engages in the manufacture, marketing, and sale of nonalcoholic beverages worldwide. The company primarily offers sparkling beverages and still beverages. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.5, equal to the average food & beverage industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Coca-Cola as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

Holding the Dow back today was Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT), which lagged the broader Dow index with a $1.96 decline (-1.9%) bringing the stock to $100.67. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 14.83 points or roughly accounting for 23.9% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Caterpillar ended the day at six million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.4 million shares.

Caterpillar has a market cap of $66.63 billion and is part of the conglomerates sector and conglomerates industry. Shares are up 12.7% year to date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.8%.

Caterpillar Inc. manufactures and sells construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines, and diesel-electric locomotives worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.9, equal to the average conglomerates industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Caterpillar as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated.

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