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

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed down 94.0 points (-0.6%) at 15,518. During the day, 376.2 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 580.1 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 760 issues advancing vs. 2,266 declining with 97 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Home Depot (NYSE: HD), which sported a 39-cent gain (+0.5%) bringing the stock to $80.05. Volume for Home Depot ended the day at 6.1 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 7.3 million shares.

Home Depot has a market cap of $117.2 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are up 28.8% year to date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.9%.

The Home Depot, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer.

TheStreet Ratings rates Home Depot as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations 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 Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT), which lagged the broader Dow index with a $1.03 decline (-1.2%) bringing the stock to $82.53. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 7.8 points or roughly accounting for 8.3% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Caterpillar ended the day at 5.7 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.3 million shares.

Caterpillar has a market cap of $55.44 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. Shares are down 6.7% 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, notable return on equity and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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