Dow Today: Caterpillar (CAT) Lower

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 16 points (+0.1%) at 15,291 as of Thursday, May 16, 2013, 11:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 312.2 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 596.1 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,511 issues advancing vs. 1,344 declining with 151 unchanged.
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Holding back the Dow today is Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT), which is lagging the broader index with an eight-cent decline to $86.92. Volume for Caterpillar currently sits at 3.5 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 7.2 million shares.

Caterpillar has a market cap of $57.58 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. Shares are down 2.9% year to date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.4%.

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 11.8, 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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