The

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) closed down 21 points (-0.2%) at 12,632. During the day, 684 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 818.6 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,739 issues advancing vs. 1,231 declining with 133 unchanged.

The Dow component that led the way higher today was

American Express

(NYSE:

AXP

), which sported a $1.01 gain (+2.1%) bringing the stock to $50.13. Volume for American Express ended the day at 5.8 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.5 million shares.

American Express has a market cap of $57.18 billion and is part of the

financial

sector and

financial services

industry. Shares are up 4.1% year to date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.4%.

American Express Company, together with its subsidiaries, provides charge and credit payment card products, and travel-related services worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.2, above the average financial services industry P/E ratio of 11.9 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Express as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated.

Holding the Dow back today was

Caterpillar

(NYSE:

CAT

), which lagged the broader Dow index with a $1.29 decline (-1.2%) bringing the stock to $109.12. This single loss lowered the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 9.76 points or roughly accounting for 46.5% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Caterpillar ended the day at 7.3 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 7.8 million shares.

Caterpillar has a market cap of $68.73 billion and is part of the

industrial goods

sector and

industrial

industry. Shares are up 21.9% year to date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.7%.

Caterpillar Inc. manufactures and sells construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines, and diesel-electric locomotives worldwide. It operates through three lines of businesses: Machinery, Engines, and Financial Products. The company has a P/E ratio of 15, below the average industrial industry P/E ratio of 16.3 and 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 robust revenue growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated.

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