The

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) closed up four points at 12,107. During the day, 753.2 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 883.7 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,857 issues advancing vs. 1,167 declining with 93 unchanged.

The Dow component that led the way higher today was

Chevron

(NYSE:

CVX

), which sported a $1.67 gain (+1.6%) bringing the stock to $105.34. This single gain lifted the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 12.64 points or roughly accounting for 316% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Chevron ended the day at 6.5 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 10 million shares.

Chevron has a market cap of $198.59 billion and is part of the

basic materials

sector and

energy

industry. Shares are up 13.6% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.2%.

Chevron Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in petroleum, chemicals, mining, power generation, and energy operations worldwide. It operates in two segments, Upstream and Downstream. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.4, equal to the average energy industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chevron as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, robust revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Holding the Dow back today was

United Technologies

(NYSE:

UTX

), which lagged the broader Dow index with a 78-cent decline (-1.1%) bringing the stock to $73.62. Volume for United Technologies ended the day at 6.2 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 4.9 million shares.

United Technologies has a market cap of $65.01 billion and is part of the

conglomerates

sector and

conglomerates

industry. Shares are down 5.5% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.7%.

United Technologies Corporation provides technology products and services to the building systems and aerospace industries worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.5, equal to the average conglomerates industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Technologies as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

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