Dow Today: Procter & Gamble (PG) Leads The Day Higher, Caterpillar (CAT) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed down 36.0 points (-0.3%) at 13,982. During the day, 598.2 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 619.6 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,774 issues advancing vs. 1,233 declining with 123 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG), which sported a 57-cent gain (+0.8%) bringing the stock to $76.56. Volume for Procter & Gamble ended the day at seven million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 9.8 million shares.

Procter & Gamble has a market cap of $207.09 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and consumer non-durables industry. Shares are up 11.7% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3%.

The Procter & Gamble Company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of a range of branded consumer packaged goods. The company operates in five segments: Beauty, Grooming, Health Care, Fabric Care and Home Care, and Baby Care and Family Care. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Procter & Gamble as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and compelling growth in net income. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

Holding the Dow back today was Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT), which lagged the broader Dow index with an 84-cent decline (-0.9%) bringing the stock to $96.38. This single loss lowered the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 6.36 points or roughly accounting for 17.7% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Caterpillar ended the day at 3.7 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.9 million shares.

Caterpillar has a market cap of $63.17 billion and is part of the conglomerates sector and conglomerates industry. Shares are up 7.8% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.2%.

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 11.4, 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 good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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