Dow Today: Caterpillar (CAT) Leads The Day Higher, JPMorgan Chase (JPM) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 69.0 points (-0.5%) at 12,940 as of Monday, Nov 26, 2012, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 26.9 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 617.4 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 969 issues advancing vs. 1,667 declining with 190 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT), which is sporting a 10-cent gain (+0.1%) bringing the stock to $84.26. Volume for Caterpillar currently sits at 213,354 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 7.4 million shares.

Caterpillar has a market cap of $54.31 billion and is part of the conglomerates sector and conglomerates industry. Shares are down 8.3% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.5%.

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 8.5, 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 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 high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

Holding back the Dow today is JPMorgan Chase (NYSE: JPM), which is lagging the broader Dow index with an 82-cent decline (-2%) bringing the stock to $40.27. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 6.21 points or roughly accounting for 9% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for JPMorgan Chase currently sits at 1.6 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 24 million shares.

JPMorgan Chase has a market cap of $154.83 billion and is part of the financial sector and banking industry. Shares are up 22.5% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.9%.

JPMorgan Chase & Co., a financial holding company, provides various financial services worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates JPMorgan Chase as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

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