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Dow Today: General Electric (GE) Leads The Day Higher, Caterpillar (CAT) Lags

Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 68 points (+0.5%) at 14,523 as of Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 30.6 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 607.4 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,053 issues advancing vs. 394 declining with 144 unchanged.

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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be General Electric (NYSE: GE), which is sporting a 27-cent gain (+1.2%) bringing the stock to $23.59. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 2.04 points or roughly accounting for 3% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for General Electric currently sits at 4.2 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 39.8 million shares.

General Electric has a market cap of $241.12 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. Shares are up 11.1% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.3%.

General Electric Company operates as an infrastructure and financial services company worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates General Electric as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

Holding back the Dow today is Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a $1.37 decline (-1.6%) bringing the stock to $86.90. Volume for Caterpillar currently sits at 868,230 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.9 million shares.

Caterpillar has a market cap of $58.54 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. Shares are down 1.5% year to date as of Tuesday'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 10.5, 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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