NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- U.S. stocks finished Thursday mixed as initial jobless claims came in higher than expectations. The Dow Jones Industrial Average increased 19.61 points, or 0.15%, to 13,145.82. The S&P 500 fell 2.26 points to 1,403.28 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 9.6 points to 3,095.36. Breadth within the Dow was negative with 18 of the index's 30 components posting losses. Home Depot ( HD) ended Thursday flat. The biggest percentage gainers among the blue chips were Alcoa ( AA), Caterpillar ( CAT) and Coca-Cola ( KO).
Shares of Alcoa rose 2% to $10.03. TheStreet Ratings gives Alcoa a C grade and hold rating. Caterpillar shares increased 1.7% to $106.02 on elevated volume. The construction and mining equipment company gets an A grade from TheStreet Ratings with a buy rating and $122.93 price target. Shares of Coca-Cola gained 1.58% to $73.81 on almost triple its average daily trading volume. The food products company announced Thursday that it's opening a bottling plant in Yingkou, Liaoning in China. TheStreet Ratings gives Coca-Cola an A grade with a buy rating and $82.49 price target. The biggest percentage decliners in the index were Bank of America ( BAC) and American Express ( AXP). Bank of America shares lost 2.26% to $9.53. The bank's CEO, Brian Moynihan, saw his compensation, including cash and stock, rise to a total of $8.1 million in 2011, even as the stock was the worst performer in the Dow, falling nearly 60%. Bank of America gets a C- grade and a hold rating from TheStreet Ratings. Shares of American Express fell 1.98% to $57.89. The credit card company was downgraded by Wells Fargo analysts Thursday to market perform from outperform. 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: email@example.com. >To follow the writer on Twitter, go to Alexandra Zendrian.