NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- U.S. stocks finished Thursday on a positive note as Greece's deadline for debt restructuring approached. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 70.16 points, or 0.55%, to 12,907.94 on Thursday. The S&P 500 increased 13.28 points to 1,365.91 and the Nasdaq Composite rose 34.73 points to 2,970.42. Breadth within the Dow was positive, with 27 of the 30 components posting gains. The biggest gainers in the index were Alcoa ( AA), Caterpillar ( CAT) and DuPont ( DD).
Caterpillar shares rose 1.85% to $110.28 on Thursday. TheStreet Ratings gives Caterpillar, the construction company, an A grade with a buy rating and a $133.29 price target. Shares of Alcoa rose 2.3% to $9.77. TheStreet Ratings gives Alcoa a C grade and a hold rating. DuPont shares gained 1.42% to $19.68. The chemicals company was in the news Thursday as former employee Robert Maegerle pleading not guilty in a case related to trade secrets, Bloomberg reported. TheStreet Ratings gives DuPont an A- grade with a buy rating and $59.29 price target. The biggest decliners in the index were McDonald's ( MCD) and Exxon Mobil ( XOM). McDonald's shares fell 3.21% to $96.96. The fast-food chain's February global comparable sales increased 7.5%, below analysts' estimates, with U.S. sales rising 11.1%. Europe's sales rose 4% and sales in the Middle East, Asia and Africa ticked up 2.4%. McDonald's gets an A+ grade with a buy rating and a $125.79 price target. Shares of Exxon Mobil fell 1.17% to $84.83. The company announced Thursday that it anticipates spending $185 billion in the next five years to create new energy. TheStreet Ratings gives Exxon Mobil a B+ grade with a buy rating and a $103.21 price target. -- Written by Alexandra Zendrian >To contact the writer of this article, click here: Alexandra Zendrian >To submit a news tip, send an email to: email@example.com. >To follow the writer on Twitter, go to Alexandra Zendrian.