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The

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) is trading down 21.0 points (-0.1%) at 17,730 as of Thursday, Jul 30, 2015, 11:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 108.9 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 331.1 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,365 issues advancing vs. 1,527 declining with 202 unchanged.

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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be

Caterpillar

(NYSE:

CAT

), which is sporting a 56-cent gain (+0.7%) bringing the stock to $77.89. Volume for Caterpillar currently sits at 1.9 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 4.6 million shares.

Caterpillar has a market cap of $46.96 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. Shares are down 15.5% year-to-date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 4%.

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

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

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