Dow Today: Intel (INTC) Leads The Day Higher, Caterpillar (CAT) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 39 points (+0.3%) at 15,533 as of Tuesday, Sep 17, 2013, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 37.9 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 516.5 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,047 issues advancing vs. 951 declining with 108 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Intel (Nasdaq: INTC), which is sporting a 46-cent gain (+2%) bringing the stock to $23.86. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 3.48 points or roughly accounting for 8.9% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Intel currently sits at 3.8 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 38.7 million shares.

Intel has a market cap of $116.78 billion and is part of the technology sector and electronics industry. Shares are up 13.7% year to date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.8%.

Intel Corporation designs, manufactures, and sells integrated digital technology platforms worldwide. The company operates through PC Client Group, Data Center Group, Other Intel Architecture, Software and Services, and All Other segments.

TheStreet Ratings rates Intel as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

Holding back the Dow today is Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 13-cent decline (-0.1%) bringing the stock to $87.05. Volume for Caterpillar currently sits at 179,395 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.9 million shares.

Caterpillar has a market cap of $56.35 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. Shares are down 2.9% 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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