Dow Today: Caterpillar (CAT) Leads The Day Higher, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) Lags

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed up 89 points (+0.6%) at 15,224. During the day, 491 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 616.5 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,778 issues advancing vs. 1,264 declining with 93 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT), which sported a $1.06 gain (+1.3%) bringing the stock to $83.20. This single gain lifted the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 8.02 points or roughly accounting for 9% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Caterpillar ended the day at 4.5 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.8 million shares.

Caterpillar has a market cap of $53.83 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. Shares are down 8.3% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.9%.

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 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.

Holding the Dow back today was Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ), which lagged the broader Dow index with a 41-cent decline (-1.6%) bringing the stock to $25.17. Volume for Hewlett-Packard ended the day at 10.8 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 18.4 million shares.

Hewlett-Packard has a market cap of $48.56 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer hardware industry. Shares are up 79.5% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.3%.

Hewlett-Packard Company and its subsidiaries provide products, technologies, software, solutions, and services to individual consumers, small-and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), and large enterprises, including customers in the government, health, and education sectors worldwide.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hewlett-Packard as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity.

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