Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model

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The

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) closed down 48.0 points (-0.4%) at 13,437. During the day, 599.5 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 578.9 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,172 issues advancing vs. 1,823 declining with 123 unchanged.

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The Dow component that led the way higher today was

International Business Machines

(NYSE:

IBM

), which sported a $1.54 gain (+0.8%) bringing the stock to $207.45. Volume for International Business Machines ended the day at 4.8 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.6 million shares.

International Business Machines has a market cap of $233.13 billion and is part of the

technology

sector and

computer hardware

industry. Shares are up 12% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.7%.

International Business Machines Corporation provides information technology (IT) products and services worldwide. The company operates in five segments: Global Technology Services, Global Business Services, Software, Systems and Technology, and Global Financing. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.9, equal to the average computer hardware industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates International Business Machines as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

Holding the Dow back today was

Caterpillar

(NYSE:

CAT

), which lagged the broader Dow index with an 88-cent decline (-1%) bringing the stock to $86.04. This single loss lowered the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 6.66 points or roughly accounting for 13.9% 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 7.6 million shares.

Caterpillar has a market cap of $56.8 billion and is part of the

conglomerates

sector and

conglomerates

industry. Shares are down 4% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.4%.

Caterpillar Inc. manufactures and sells construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines, and diesel-electric locomotives worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.7, equal to the average conglomerates industry P/E ratio 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

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