Dow Today: Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM) Leads The Day Higher, Caterpillar (CAT) Lags

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed up 37 points (+0.3%) at 12,959. During the day, 528.9 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 1,368 issues advancing vs. 1,626 declining with 109 unchanged.

The Dow component that led the way higher today was Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM), which sported a $1.27 gain (+1.5%) bringing the stock to $85.57. This single gain lifted the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 9.61 points or roughly accounting for 26% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Exxon Mobil Corporation ended the day at 17.6 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 18.9 million shares.

Exxon Mobil Corporation has a market cap of $417.87 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are down 0.5% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.2%.

Exxon Mobil Corporation engages in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas, and manufacture of petroleum products, as well as transportation and sale of crude oil, natural gas, and petroleum products. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.1, below the average energy industry P/E ratio of 10.5 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Exxon Mobil Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

Holding the Dow back today was Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT), which lagged the broader Dow index with a $1.26 decline (-1.1%) bringing the stock to $108.96. Volume for Caterpillar ended the day at 6.3 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 21.7% 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. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.9, 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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