The

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) closed down seven points at 12,653. During the day, 651.8 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 1,102 issues advancing vs. 1,874 declining with 126 unchanged.

The Dow component that led the way higher today was

Wal-Mart Stores

(NYSE:

WMT

), which sported a 59-cent gain (+1%) bringing the stock to $61.30. Volume for Wal-Mart Stores ended the day at 7.6 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 9.5 million shares.

Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $210.24 billion and is part of the

services

sector and

retail

industry. Shares are up 1.6% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.4%.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates retail stores in various formats worldwide. The company's Walmart U.S. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.8, above the average retail industry P/E ratio of 13.1 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Wal-Mart Stores as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Holding the Dow back today was

Caterpillar

(NYSE:

CAT

), which lagged the broader Dow index with an 83-cent decline (-0.8%) bringing the stock to $110.45. This single loss lowered the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 6.28 points or roughly accounting for 89.7% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Caterpillar ended the day at 5.7 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 22.8% year to date as of Friday'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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