Dow Today: Caterpillar (CAT) Leads The Day Higher, Walt Disney (DIS) Lags

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed down 33.0 points (-0.2%) at 15,451. During the day, 499.3 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 607.1 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,043 issues advancing vs. 1,944 declining with 114 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT), which sported a 77-cent gain (+0.9%) bringing the stock to $88.17. Volume for Caterpillar ended the day at 5.4 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.6 million shares.

Caterpillar has a market cap of $57.33 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. Shares are down 2.7% year to date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.8%.

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, increase in stock price during the past year 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 Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS), which lagged the broader Dow index with a 90-cent decline (-1.4%) bringing the stock to $65.03. This single loss lowered the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 6.81 points or roughly accounting for 20.6% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Walt Disney ended the day at 7.4 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 8.1 million shares.

Walt Disney has a market cap of $120.63 billion and is part of the services sector and media industry. Shares are up 34.5% year to date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.1%.

The Walt Disney Company operates as an entertainment company worldwide. Its Media Networks segment engages in broadcast television network, television production and distribution, television stations, broadcast radio networks and stations, and publishing and digital operations.

TheStreet Ratings rates Walt Disney as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

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