Dow Today: Chevron (CVX) Leads The Day Higher, Caterpillar (CAT) Lags

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed down 15.0 points (-0.1%) at 13,213. During the day, 508 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 747.3 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,181 issues advancing vs. 1,841 declining with 123 unchanged.

The Dow component that led the way higher today was Chevron (NYSE: CVX), which sported a 34-cent gain (+0.3%) bringing the stock to $106.54. Volume for Chevron ended the day at 3.5 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.5 million shares.

Chevron has a market cap of $209.54 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry.

Chevron Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in petroleum, chemicals, mining, power generation, and energy operations worldwide. It operates in two segments, Upstream and Downstream.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chevron as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. 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 a $1.79 decline (-1.7%) bringing the stock to $102.77. This single loss lowered the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 13.55 points or roughly accounting for 90.3% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Caterpillar ended the day at 5.2 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.5 million shares.

Caterpillar has a market cap of $68.11 billion and is part of the conglomerates sector and conglomerates industry.

Caterpillar Inc. manufactures and sells construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines, and diesel-electric locomotives worldwide.

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, 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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