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Dow Today: Caterpillar (CAT) Leads The Day Higher, Pfizer (PFE) Lags

Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 79 points (+0.5%) at 15,001 as of Monday, Sep 9, 2013, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 19.4 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 524.5 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,974 issues advancing vs. 608 declining with 156 unchanged.

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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT), which is sporting a $1.38 gain (+1.6%) bringing the stock to $84.77. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 10.44 points or roughly accounting for 13.2% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Caterpillar currently sits at 277,914 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.9 million shares.

Caterpillar has a market cap of $53.72 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. Shares are down 6.9% year to date as of Friday'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.

Holding back the Dow today is Pfizer (NYSE: PFE), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a three-cent decline (-0.1%) bringing the stock to $28.25. Volume for Pfizer currently sits at 575,952 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 51.5 million shares.

Pfizer has a market cap of $187.16 billion and is part of the health care sector and drugs industry. Shares are up 12.8% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.4%.

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