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Dow Today: Chevron (CVX) Leads The Day Higher, Caterpillar (CAT) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 23 points (+0.2%) at 14,799 as of Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 21.6 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 539.8 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,178 issues advancing vs. 1,427 declining with 181 unchanged.

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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Chevron (NYSE: CVX), which is sporting a $1.63 gain (+1.4%) bringing the stock to $120.44. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 12.34 points or roughly accounting for 53.7% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Chevron currently sits at 402,928 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.3 million shares.

Chevron has a market cap of $229.6 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are up 9.9% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.4%.

Chevron Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in petroleum, chemicals, mining, power generation, and energy operations worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Upstream and Downstream.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chevron as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

Holding back the Dow today is Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a $1.18 decline (-1.4%) bringing the stock to $81.52. Volume for Caterpillar currently sits at 677,934 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of six million shares.

Caterpillar has a market cap of $54.11 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. Shares are down 7.7% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.9%.

Caterpillar Inc. manufactures and sells construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines, and diesel-electric locomotives worldwide.

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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