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.

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The

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) is trading up 37 points (+0.2%) at 17,667 as of Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015, 9:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 15.5 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 329.8 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,406 issues advancing vs. 1,270 declining with 263 unchanged.

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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be

Verizon Communications

(NYSE:

VZ

), which is sporting a 46-cent gain (+1%) bringing the stock to $46.35. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 3.48 points or roughly accounting for 9.4% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Verizon Communications currently sits at 999,202 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 15 million shares.

Verizon Communications has a market cap of $186.92 billion and is part of the technology sector and telecommunications industry. Shares are down 1.9% year-to-date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 4.8%.

Verizon Communications Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides communications, information, and entertainment products and services to consumers, businesses, and governmental agencies worldwide.

TheStreet Ratings rates Verizon Communications as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. We feel its 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 74-cent decline (-0.9%) bringing the stock to $77.04. Volume for Caterpillar currently sits at 408,567 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 4.4 million shares.

Caterpillar has a market cap of $45.47 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. Shares are down 15% year-to-date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 4.1%.

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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