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Dow Today: Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) Leads The Day Higher, Caterpillar (CAT) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI) is trading down 80.0 points (-0.6%) at 13,974 as of Friday, Mar 1, 2013, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 33.4 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 627.5 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 589 issues advancing vs. 1,892 declining with 131 unchanged.

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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE:WMT), which is sporting a 28-cent gain (+0.4%) bringing the stock to $71.06. Volume for Wal-Mart Stores currently sits at 379,753 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 9.1 million shares.

Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $239.72 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are up 3.7% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.6%.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates retail stores in various formats worldwide. It operates retail stores, restaurants, discount stores, supermarkets, supercenters, hypermarkets, warehouse clubs, apparel stores, Sam's Clubs, and neighborhood markets, as well as walmart.com; and samsclub.com. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Wal-Mart Stores as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

Holding back the Dow today is Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a $1.75 decline (-1.9%) bringing the stock to $90.62. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 13.24 points or roughly accounting for 16.6% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Caterpillar currently sits at 438,067 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.9 million shares.

Caterpillar has a market cap of $60.43 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. Shares are up 2.9% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.3%.

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 10.9, 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 good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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