NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- U.S. stocks finished lower Wednesday as durable goods orders saw only a modest bounce in February. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 71.59 points or 0.54%, to 13,126.14. The S&P 500 dropped 6.98 points to 1,405.54 and the Nasdaq Composite lost 15.39 points to 3,104.96. Breadth within the Dow was negative with 20 of the index's 30 components posting losses. The biggest percentage decliners among the blue chips Wednesday were Caterpillar ( CAT), Alcoa ( AA) and United Technologies ( UTX).
Shares of Caterpillar, the construction and mining equipment maker, fell 3.52% to $104.26 on elevated volume. TheStreet Ratings gives Caterpillar an A grade with a buy rating and a $122.93 price target. Alcoa shares lost 2.29% to $9.83 with volume exceeding 36 million. The aluminum company gets a C grade and a hold rating from TheStreet Ratings. Shares of United Technologies fell 1.91% to $81.52. TheStreet Ratings gives United Technologies an A- grade with a buy rating and a $94.79 price target. The two biggest gainers in the Dow Wednesday were Bank of America ( BAC) and American Express ( AXP). Bank of America shares increased 1.56% to $9.75. The bank is putting together an international advisory board that will help CEO Brian Moynihan with the company's global strategy. TheStreet Ratings gives Bank of America a C- grade and a hold rating. American Express shares rose 1.44% to $59.06. TheStreet Ratings gives American Express an A+ grade with a buy rating and a $67.82 price target. -- Written by Alexandra Zendrian in New York. >To contact the writer of this article, click here: Alexandra Zendrian >To submit a news tip, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. >To follow the writer on Twitter, go to Alexandra Zendrian.