Dow Today: Caterpillar (CAT) Leads The Day Higher, Home Depot (HD) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed up 36 points (+0.3%) at 13,021. During the day, 582.5 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 628.6 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 2,148 issues advancing vs. 842 declining with 126 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT), which sported a $1.31 gain (+1.5%) bringing the stock to $86.25. This single gain lifted the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 9.91 points or roughly accounting for 27.5% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Caterpillar ended the day at 7.8 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 7.3 million shares.

Caterpillar has a market cap of $54.94 billion and is part of the conglomerates sector and conglomerates industry. Shares are down 7.3% year to date as of Wednesday'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 8.6, 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 the Dow back today was Home Depot (NYSE: HD), which lagged the broader Dow index with a 59-cent decline (-0.9%) bringing the stock to $64.24. Volume for Home Depot ended the day at 7.6 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 8.5 million shares.

Home Depot has a market cap of $95.93 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are up 54.2% year to date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.8%.

The Home Depot, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a home improvement retailer. The company's stores sell building materials, and home improvement and lawn and garden products to do-it-yourself, do-it-for-me (at D-I-F-M), and professional customers. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Home Depot as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, notable return on equity and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

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